Angels pound Red Sox newcomer Stewart

The SportsXchange

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels brought out the big lumber Wednesday night in a 10-3 win over the Boston Red Sox before 37,841 at Angel Stadium.

The second straight victory for the Angels, and their fifth win over the Red Sox without a loss in the last nine days, moved Los Angeles within 3 1/2 games of the Baltimore Orioles for the second American League wild-card berth.

Torii Hunter had two doubles and a single to pace a 14-hit attack for Los Angeles. Eight extra-base hits tied a season high for the Angels, who scored double-digit runs for the 12th time in 2012.

"Tonight we were just on an all-out attack right out of the gate," Angels starter C.J. Wilson said. "Our hitters have that ability to go out there and put up a 10 spot in any game, and as a pitcher, you just hope for that more often than not."

The run support was more than enough for Wilson, who picked up his first win since June 26. Wilson (10-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, a marked improvement over his 0-5 record and 6.09 ERA over his previous 11 starts. He struck out four and walked two Wednesday.

"All in all, he got through six innings and held those guys to three runs. Those runs that we got certainly helped," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It was a big step forward for C.J."

Zach Stewart (0-1) lasted just three innings in his first appearance for Boston, and he allowed nine runs, the most by a pitcher making his Red Sox debut in the live-ball era. Stewart was acquired by the Red Sox in the trade that sent Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox on June 24.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he left Stewart in as long as he did to try to take some of the burden off his relief corps, which had pitched 30 2/3 innings in the previous nine days.

"I was deathly afraid of using my entire bullpen tonight," Valentine said.

Stewart was greeted inhospitably by the Angels in the first inning. After three consecutive hits to open the game, including an RBI double by Hunter, cleanup hitter Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run into the right field seats for a 4-0 Angels lead.

A pair of singles in the second inning and a sacrifice fly by Scott Podsednik gave the Red Sox their first run of the game. However, the Angels answered back when Erick Aybar doubled and Hunter singled him home for a 5-1 lead after two innings.

Three doubles in the third inning plated two more runs against Stewart, and Chris Iannetta hit a two-run home run to give the Angels a 9-1 advantage.

Iannetta is hitting .293 (22-for-75) with a .372 on-base percentage and four home runs in 24 games since returning from the disabled list on July 29.

Dustin Pedroia's RBI single was one of three Boston hits in the fifth inning, capping a two-run frame that cut the Red Sox's deficit to 9-3.

Alfredo Aceves, who pitched 1 2/3 innings and blew the save for the Red Sox on Tuesday night, threw two scoreless innings in mop-up duty Wednesday.

"He can pitch a lot," Valentine said. "We'll try and keep pitching him as much as we can."

NOTES: To make room for Stewart, the Red Sox optioned right-handed reliever Clayton Mortensen to Double-A Portland. ... Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest by an Angel this season. ... Before his win Wednesday night, Wilson's streak of 11 consecutive starts of at least 4 2/3 innings and no wins was the fifth longest in the major leagues dating back to 1918. ... Right-hander Daniel Bard joined the Red Sox in Anaheim, and he could be officially recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket as early as Thursday. ... The nine runs allowed by Stewart were the second most by a Red Sox starter this season. Jon Lester, who starts for Boston in the series finale Thursday, allowed 11 runs against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 22. Right-hander Zack Greinke will pitch Thursday for the Angels.
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