BOSTON (AP) – After beating the Los Angels Angels in their first five games, the Boston Red Sox needed a strong save to finish the season opener.
Jackie Bradley Jr. leaped up the wall in the middle to keep the Angels from counting in the first inning and broke the game with a two-run homer in the seventh when the Red Sox hit the Angels 4-2 on Thursday night.
Bradley's shot to the right was the Red Sox's 20th in six games against Los Angeles, the season's series against the Angels for the first time since joining the American League as an expansion club in 1961.
Boston outperformed Los Angeles 49-12 while taking all six games, which according to Red Sox is the first six-game season run in club history.
The Red Sox have won four straight and six out of seven as they go to New York to open three game series between rivals on Friday night with first place in the AL East on the line.
Hector Velazquez 6-0) threw two goalless innings of relief, allowed only one strike and strike three, and Craig Kimbrel scored his 24th saves with a goalless ninth inning.
With scheduled starter Steven Wright on the DL, mus The Red Sox mix their rotation. Manager Alex Cora said he was delighted to get four innings from starter Brian Johnson and two more from Velazquez and set up the bullpen to finish the Angels.
& # 39; & # 39; We're going where we wanted to go, "said Cora. B. J. (Johnson) was superior to his fastball, mixing his breaking ball – very pleased with the way we got six innings from these guys.
The Angels have lost six straight, although they have been arguing in the last two games at Fenway Park.
& # 39; & # 39; Undoubtedly, we hit the ball harder than six goals, "said manager Mike Scioscia. We've probably set up five other balls to play well. That's the way it works sometimes.
Andrelton Simmons hit a solo homer 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 were robbed of another hit than Andrew Benintendi made a crack on the wall that stood up to what Bradley did in the first.
"That was amazing," said Bradley. "We could made some big games for our pitchers and won the game. & # 39; & # 39;
Los Angeles was 1-0 successful until Devers with his 13th homer finished fifth in the middle of Jaime Barria (5 4)
Barria was pulled out of sixth after a JD Martinez one-out walk and the score was still 1-1. Jose Alvarez gave Mitch Moreland a double and Martinez finished third, Xander Bogaerts then deliberately run to load the bases, and Brock Holt took a walk to Martinez for Boston's first lead to drive. Then Alvarez brought Devers to a doubles match to end the inning.
Barria was penalized with two runs on four hits and two walks and stroked two over 5 1/3 innings.
& # 39; & # 39; Jaime was good. He had to work hard to get to that point of the game, "Scioscia said." There was a fastball he had just put down on the plate and it was Devers and he hit it to center it. But I thought he gave us a chance to win, there's no doubt about that.
Bradley's Homer, his sixth, in seventh place by Noe Ramirez, brought Boston's lead to 4: 1.
BRONX BOUND  The Red Sox were busy packing their suitcases in after the game The Red Dressers (55-27) have a slight edge over the Yankees (52-26), who dropped out on Thursday.  While the series is big, Bradley said the division's title is not yet on the line.  "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 that, I do not think you have to worry about any other teams. "
Angels: Place rookie helper Jake Jewell on the DL, with a broken right leg that could cause him to miss the rest of the season, is due to undergo surgery on Friday and Jewell was carted off at Fenway Park on Wednesday night … The Angels beat RHP Eduardo Paredes from Triple A Salt Lake recalled and RHP Taylor Cole added to the Major League list.
Angel: RHP Felix Pena (0-0, 5.40 ERA) gets his third place early in the season and only on the road, when the Angels open a weekend series in Baltimore on Friday.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (9-2, 3.86) was successful six times in a row before losing Saturday's defeat to Seattle, with Rodriguez replacing Yankee's LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3. 18) in the series opener Friday night.
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