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For openers, Angels beat Red Sox, 9-5

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BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-5, in the first game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.

The teams played two games after being rained out on Friday night.

"It was a good offensive day on a lot of fronts," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Their pitchers were missing some spots, and we were disciplined enough to get into some good counts to hit or draw walks, and we scored a lot of runs with two outs, which was good to break the game open in the seventh inning."

Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson (3-2) earned the win, going five innings and giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks, with four strikeouts, a wild pitch, and a home run.

"I feel like I want to get to where I'm pitching every five days or six days," said Hanson, who has made only two starts since being since being activated from the restricted list. "It's kind of been like a start and stop, start and stop again. I think once I do that, I'll get better.

"My last outing wasn't great, but it also wasn't bad. Same with this one, wasn't great, wasn't bad. I kind of snuck out of there with the win, even though I only went five and kind of made the bullpen wear it today. But I did what I can do today, and like I said last time, hopefully I'll be better next time."

Boston left-hander Felix Doubront (4-3) took the loss, going six innings and giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.

"I thought Felix did his job," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He gave us a quality start. He was right shy of 100 pitches. And I thought four of those six innings he had to work fairly hard to get through it."

The Angels got a run in the second, when Howie Kendrick led off with a single, went to second on Alberto Callaspo's groundout, and scored on Erick Aybar's single.

In the third as Mike Trout led off for the Angels with a double and Josh Hamilton walked. After a double steal, Trout scored on Albert Pujols' sacrifice fly, with Hamilton taking third and scoring on Mark Trumbo's groundout.

The Red Sox got two runs in the fourth, when Mike Carp led off with a home run, his fifth of the season. With two out, Jacoby Ellsbury walked, stole second base and scored on Daniel Nava's single.

In the seventh, the Angels got four runs off Franklin Morales, who replaced Doubront, sending 10 batters to the plate. The Angels added two runs in the eighth off Clayton Mortensen and Andrew Miller.

"I try to throw strikes; I was just trying to do my job," Morales said. "I miss a couple of pitches. I couldn't find the zone. I try to throw different pitches. I move on the (pitching) rubber. Things (like wildness) happen in baseball."

With two out in the ninth, the Red Sox rallied for three runs on five consecutive hits off right-hander Garrett Richards. But that was all Boston would get, as Ernesto Frieri struck out Ellsbury to record his 14th save.

NOTES: Outfielder Brad Hawpe was called up by the Red Sox on Saturday. Hawpe, who underwent Tommy John surgery, returned to the majors for the first time since June 18, 2011, with the San Diego Padres. Hawpe batted .305 with six home runs and 28 RBIs with Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Josh Hamilton was moved from fifth to the second spot in the Angels' batting order in an attempt to improve his offense. Hamilton entered Saturday batting .216 with eight home runs, 18 RBIs, and 62 strikeouts. ... Center fielder Peter Bourjos of the Angels, on the disabled list since April 30 because of a left hamstring strain, is expected to be activated on Monday. ... Shane Victorino, who has been on the disabled list since May 21 because of with a left hamstring strain and back ailments, was activated by the Red Sox for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Victorino played one rehab game, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a strikeout Thursday for Triple-A Pawtucket. ...Outfielder Jackie Bradley was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket ... Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, on the disabled list since May 24 because of a low back strain, continued his rehab with Pawtucket at Syracuse on Saturday night. In his first three rehab games, Middlebrooks was 4-for-9 with two home runs, six RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts. ... Left-hander Franklin Morales could start for the Red Sox on Wednesday against the Rays at Tampa Bay.
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