BOSTON (AP) After beating the Los Angels Angels in their first five games, the Boston Red Sox needed a strong defensive to end the season's run.
Jackie Bradley Jr. jumped on the wall in the middle to keep the angels from hitting the first inning and broke the game with a two-run homer in seventh as the Red Sox beat the Angels 4-2 Beat Thursday night.
"It feels good to get the results," Bradley said. "Both were very crucial to the game."
Bradley's shot to the right was the 20th Homer to hit the Red Sox in six games against Los Angeles, sweeping the season's series against the Angels for the first time since she joined the 1
Hector Velazquez (6-0) threw two goalless innings of relief, allowed only one strike and struck three. Craig Kimbrel scored his 24th parry with a goalless ninth inning.
With the planned starter Steven Wright on the DL, the Red Sox had to postpone their rotation. Manager Alex Cora said he is pleased to get four starts from starter Brian Johnson and two more from Velazquez and set up the bullpen to finish the Angels.
"We arrived where we wanted to go," said Cora. B.J. (Johnson) was outstanding with his fastball, mixing his breaking ball – very pleased with the way we got six innings from these guys.
The Angels have lost six straights, although they fought in Fenway Park in the last two games.
"There is no doubt that we hit the ball harder than looking at six goals," said manager Mike Scioscia. "We probably did five other balls where they played well. That's the way it works sometimes. "
Andrelton Simmons hit a solo hero and Albert Pujols had an RBI single for the Angels, who had a potential rally in the eighth round with the first and second runners, but one of them was robbed Another success, as Andrew Benintendi made a leap on the wall that mirrored what Bradley had done in the first one.
"That was unbelievable," Bradley said. "We were able to make some big games for our pitchers and win the game."
Los Angeles were 1-0 victorious until Devers scored fifth in the center of Jaime Barria (5-4) with his 13th homer.
Barria was drawn after serving JD Martinez with a sixth-round goal Jose Alvarez gave Mitch Moreland a double, Martinez took third, Xander Bogaerts was deliberately raced to load the bases, and Brock Holt took a walk to board Martinez for Boston's first lead brought Alvarez Devers to a double match to end the inning.
Barria was charged with two runs on four hits and two walks, hitting two over 5 1/3 innings.
"Jaime was good, he had to work hard to get to that point in the game," Scioscia said. "There was a fastball he had just put down on the plate and it was Devers and he met him to center him but I thought he gave us a chance to win, there's no doubt about that."
Bradley's Homer, his sixth, in Noe Ramirez's seventh, brought Boston's lead to 4: 1.
The Red Sox were busy packing their bags in the locker room after the game and drove to New York, where the three-game series should be opened on Friday. The Red Sox (55-27) hold a slight lead over the Yankees (52-26), who dropped out on Thursday.
While the series is big, Bradley said the division's title is not on the line yet.  "I think if you win, it'll take care of everything, you do not have to think about anything else," Bradley said. "You can do it, I do not think you have to worry about any other teams."
Angels: Placed rookie helper Jake Jewell on the DL with a broken right leg that could cause him to miss the rest of the season. He should be operated on Friday. Jewell was carted off the field Wednesday night at Fenway Park. … The Angels have recalled RHP Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake and added RHP Taylor Cole to the Major League list.
Angels: RHP Felix Pena (0-0, 5.40 ERA) gets his third start of the season and first on the road when the Angels open a weekend series in Baltimore on Friday.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (9-2, 3.86) was in a six-start winning streak before losing Saturday's win over Seattle. Rodriguez is said to be against Yankee's LHP C.C. Sabathia (4-3, 3.18) in the series opener Friday night.
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