Angels - 000 010 000 - 1 2 0Lackey (7-2-1-2-4, 102) shut down his former team with very little fuss, David Ortiz hit an opposite field solo home run in the fourth, and Adrian Beltre, after singled in Boston's first run, slammed a dong over the camera platform in center field for some eighth inning insurance. Which wasn't needed, because Bard and Bot were totally awesome.
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The Angels had only two hits: Kendry Morales's single to left to start the second and Brandon Wood's solo homer in the fifth. Wood came up with the bases loaded in the second, Lackey's only worrisome frame: Morales had singled, Maicer Izturis walked with one out and then, with two down, a thread on Mike Napoli's uniform was grazed by a pitch to load the bases. Wood (1-for-12 in his career with the sacks juiced) struck out.
Flo had a single and a walk to go with his tater; Dustin Pedroia singled twice and walked, Beltre was 3-for-4; and Kevin Youkilis singled in the seventh after striking out in his first three trips. Third base coach Tim "Wendell" Bogar sent Marco Scutaro to the plate on Yook's single, and even with Shemp's not unexpected crappy off-line throw, Scutaro was out. With Boston ahead 2-1 at the time and the possibility of having Drew up with the bases loaded with only one out, it was a moronic decision.
But Terry Francona got a W in his 1,000th game as Red Sox manager (579-421).
Joel Pineiro / John Lackey
The Rays, Yankees and Blue Jays all won yesterday, so Boston (13-14) remains 6.5 GB in 4th place. Toronto and New York both play this afternoon, while Tampa Bay plays tonight.Scuatro, SS
The Red Sox will honour Nomar Garciaparra before the game (#5 on 5/5).
X-rays of Clay Buchholz's left ankle were negative. "If it had been an inch lower, it would have been bad - it would have been right on my ankle bone."
Jacoby Ellsbury took batting practice yesterday for the first time since going on the disabled list.
Ernie Harwell: January 25, 1918-May 4, 2010 -- MLB.com - Detroit Free Press - Detroit News.