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Late-inning homers seal Red Sox's 6-2 win

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Boston Red Sox took advantage of two errors by the Los Angeles Angels outfield to take a lead and then added some punch for the finishing touch in a 6-2 win on Friday night at Angel Stadium.

The game pitted two of the hottest teams in the American League. Both had won eight of their previous nine games, but it was the Red Sox who were able to keep it going.

Boston's David Ortiz, who began the game on the bench, hit a two-run, pinch-homer in the eighth inning and ex-Angel Mike Napoli hit a solo homer in the ninth to give the Red Sox a cushion.

Ortiz came to the plate with a runner on second and nobody out in a 3-2 game and was surprised when Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa didn't walk him intentionally.

"Pinch hitting is not my favorite," said Ortiz, who now has five pinch-homers in his career. "I'm part of the ballclub and I try to help one way or the other, try to make things happen. I thought it was a good pitch, but I thought I was going to be walked like usual. They pitched to me and they paid."

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (5-3) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to pick up the victory over Angels starter C.J. Wilson, who entered the game having won each of his previous four starts.

Wilson (8-6) pitched well again -- three runs (one earned) and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings -- but was tagged with the loss when his defense betrayed him.

The score was tied at 2 in the seventh when the Red Sox had a runner at first with two outs. Wilson, having already thrown 120 pitches, was trying to get that one last out and finish the inning.

Jonny Gomes hit a shallow fly ball to right field near the foul line. Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton got to the ball quickly and appeared to be in position to make the catch, but the ball deflected off the top of his glove for an error and Shane Victorino scored from first to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.

"He went really hard for that ball and closed a lot of ground," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Hamilton. "He had to go a long way for it, and I think as he tried to settle, I'm sure the ball was jumping around on him. It was just a play he didn't make."

The Red Sox scored twice in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead against Wilson. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a two-out single that drove in Gomes, and when the ball skipped past left fielder J.B. Shuck for an error, Daniel Nava also scored.

"It's frustrating," Scioscia said of the Angels' defense, which has committed more errors than any team in the American League except the Houston Astros. "If you look at games where we've supported these guys on the defensive end, we've pitched deep into games, had good pitch counts and given us a chance to win.

"It adds up when you're not making plays. Not only are you giving up runs, but you're making your pitcher and your whole staff make more pitches. We've made too many errors."

The Angels drew even with single runs in the third and fourth off Doubront. Shuck led off the third with a triple, and after Mike Trout walked, Albert Pujols grounded into a double play, with Shuck scoring the Angels' first run on the play.

"I was looking for that," Doubront said of the double play. "I wasn't worried about the man on third. I was looking for a double play, throwing that pitch to get a ground ball."

In the fourth, Howie Kendrick led off with a home run, his 10th of the season, tying the score 2-2, but that was all the offense the Angels could muster against Doubront or the Red Sox bullpen.

NOTES: Red Sox SS Stephen Drew was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The injury occurred June 28 vs. the Blue Jays, so the move is retroactive to June 29. Drew is eligible to return from the DL on June 14 for the final game before the All-Star break. RHP Jose De La Torre was called up from Class AAA Pawtucket to replace Drew on the roster. ... Hamilton had an infield single in the second inning, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Red Sox CF Jacob Ellsbury singled in the fifth inning, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. ... Angels CF Peter Bourjos will go to the Angels' spring training complex in Arizona next week to begin rehabbing his right wrist. Bourjos suffered a fracture in the wrist on June 29 when hit by a pitch from the Astros' Jordan Lyles. The Angels are hoping Bourjos can return soon after the All-Star break.
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