"I stepped off (the mound), and (catcher Christian Vazquez)
reminded me to get extended and get out in front of the ball,"
Webster said. "It was a matter of just going after batters. After
every pitch I just told myself to trust my stuff and let it work and
let the defense work behind me."
Webster wound up giving up two runs in the third inning, but he got
through it. In fact, Webster lasted 6 2/3 innings, the deepest he's
pitched into a game in his 10 major league starts.
In all, Webster held the potent Angels offense to two runs and four
hits, leading the Red Sox to a 4-2 win at Angel Stadium.
Webster (2-1) spent most of this season at Triple-A Pawtucket but
the Red Sox are excited about his future.
"There's no doubting his potential," Red Sox manager John Farrell
said. "You can see it when he has a baseball in his hand. It's a
matter of executing pitches."
Webster got help from the bullpen. Tommy Layne, Junichi Tazawa and
Koji Uehara (24th save) shut out the Angels for the final 2 1/3
Webster might have taken a cue from his former teammates in the
Dodgers' organization. The Dodgers just left town after shutting out
the Angels on Thursday, and holding them to 10 runs in the four-game
Webster was a Dodgers draft choice and part of the trade with the
Red Sox that send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to
"First time you're facing a guy there's going to be some things you
have to figure out in the batter's box," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said of facing Webster.
Scioscia, though, said the Angels offense is in a funk these days no
matter who is pitching against them. Since the All-Star break, the
Angels are hitting .225 and scoring 3.2 runs per game.
"We're talking 20-plus games and we haven't gotten into our
offensive flow," he said. "We will. These guys are good hitters. Our
pitching staff is keeping our head above water right now. But these
guys will find it, and they'll keep it for the rest of the year.
"Right now, it's hit or miss. But it will turn around."
The Red Sox didn't have a ton of offense either, but they made the
most of their eight hits.
Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes found a way to help his former Oakland
teammates with a key hit, getting a two-out, two-run double in the
third inning off Angels right-hander Jered Weaver (12-7).
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And for good measure, ex-Angel Mike Napoli homered off Weaver (12-7) in
Weaver had not lost in his previous nine starts, going 5-0 with four
no-decisions since his last loss on June 16. But he gave up four runs,
seven hits and two walks in six innings, and it was enough to beat him.
"Starting off Weave's stuff looked really strong," Scioscia said. "I
thought he had a good angle, the ball was down in the zone, the velocity
was there. He just had trouble getting out of that third inning. All in
all, Weave was a couple pitches away from having a really strong outing.
"It's a tough lineup. You can talk about all the changes that team has
made over there, but they've got some guys in the lineup that can swing
Red Sox right fielder Brock Holt and second baseman Dustin Pedroia each
had two hits, and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made a spectacular
catch in the ninth inning to rob Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick of
With the loss, the Angels fell four games behind Oakland in the American
League West. Their four-game losing streak matches their longest of the
season (May 30-June 3).
NOTES: LF Josh Hamilton still has not hit a home run at Angel Stadium
this season, covering 34 games and 140 plate appearances. He also played
the final 35 home games last year without a homer, meaning his home
homerless streak was 69 games, dating to Aug. 18, 2013. ... Red Sox DH
David Ortiz needs one home run for 400 in a Red Sox uniform. Two other
Red Sox players have hit at least 400 home runs for the club -- Ted
Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452). ... The Red Sox are the only
team in the majors without a loss after leading going into the ninth
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