Angels - 000 000 000 - 0 7 0Clay Buchholz (7-5-0-2-3, 113) lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.36 and Ryan Kalish hit his second career home run -- a grand slam -- in the fourth inning.
Red Sox - 001 410 00x - 6 8 1
Boston began a nine-game homestand with a relaxing win. Darnell McDonald homered with two outs in the third to get the Sox on the board. In the fourth, David Ortiz singled -- one of his two opposite-field hits -- but Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre both struck out. Weaver then walked both J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell on full counts and Kalish muscled a change-up into the Red Sox bullpen for the salami dong. Back-to-back doubles from Ortiz and Martinez in the fifth brought in the sixth run.
Buchholz got out of an early jam in the first inning, when Bobby Abreu doubled and took third on a groundout. Alberto Callaspo chopped back to the mound and Abreu was caught off the bag and tagged out 1-2-5. The Angels loaded the bases with two two-out singles and a walk in the sixth, but Buchholz got Erick Aybar to ground out to Lowell at first.
Felix Doubront escaped a bases loaded situation in the eighth. With one out and a runner on first, Torii Hunter and Hideki Matsui singled. After a visit from John Farrell, Doubront struck out Aybar on three pitches. (Aybar also GIDP in the second; thanks, Erick!)
Hunter robbed Beltre of a solo home run in the second inning with a leaping catch over the short bullpen wall in right-center, nearly toppling over into the pen. ... Pedroia went 0-for-4, with a strikeout looking, two groundouts and a pop to center, though he made a few nice plays in the field.
The Yankees beat the Tigers 6-2 and the Rays beat the Rangers 10-1.
Jered Weaver / Clay Buchholz
Dustin Pedroia returns to the lineup -- on his 27th birthday! -- after missing 44 games with a broken left foot. He went 1-for-6 in a two-game rehab stint with Pawtucket last weekend. Boston went 23-21 while he was out. Our other Dustin -- Richardson -- was sent down to Pawtucket.Scutaro, SS
Buchholz leads the American League with a 2.49 ERA. He also has the 6th fewest hits allowed per 9 innings (Weaver is 7th).
Since returning from the disabled list, Buchholz has allowed only four runs in 23.1 innings. On Wednesday in Toronto, he allowed five hits and one run in eight innings. He has faced LAA twice this season: May 3 and July 26.
Weaver started against Boston on July 27, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs.
Tampa Bay and New York are tied for first at 72-46, with Boston, at 67-52, 5.5 GB. Tonight: Tigers/Yankees and
1900 - Reds pitcher Bill Phillips punches Roy Thomas of the Phillies after Thomas fouls off a dozen pitches in the 8th inning. Phillips is ejected, but the Reds win.
1923 - After 111 games, Babe Ruth is hitting .401. He'll end up with his highest batting average -- .393 -- and reach base a record 379 times.
1937 - In Cincinnati, the Cardinals beat the Reds with the final out being recorded at 12:02 AM, making it the first major league game ever completed after midnight.
1957 - Richie Ashburn hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at-bat. The first foul breaks her nose and the second one hits her while she's being removed from her seat on a stretcher.
1966 - For the second successive day, the Orioles score five runs in the top of the ninth and defeat the Red Sox: 6-4 yesterday, 8-4 today.