Buchholz, Kalish, McDonald deliver for Red Sox

Posted: 18/08/2010 in MLB

Buchholz strong on mound, Kalish hits slam as Red Sox blank Angels

Clay Buchholz turned in seven scoreless innings and  Ryan  Kalish hit  his first  career grand  slam as  Boston downed the Los Angeles  Angels of Anaheim, 6-0, in the opener of a three-game set from Fenway Park.

Darnell  McDonald added a solo homer for the Red Sox, who notched their eighth straight  win over  the Halos  this season  and  have won  10 of  the last  11 meetings with the AL’s southern California franchise.

Buchholz  (14-5)  scattered five hits over  his outing, fanning three with two walks for his third straight victory and fourth in five starts.

Torii  Hunter  and Hideki Matsui  collected two hits  each for the Angels, who haven’t  beaten  the Sox since the  final matchup of last season, on September 17, 2009 at Fenway.

Jered  Weaver (11-8) was  dented in defeat for six hits and six runs over five full frames. It was the first time since May 18 at Texas that the right-hander failed to work at least six innings.

Weaver  got into  trouble in the fourth  by allowing a leadoff single to David Ortiz  and then  issued two-out  walks to  J.D. Drew  and Mike  Lowell. Kalish stepped in a drilled a pitch into the bullpen in right-center for a 5-0 game.

Victor  Martinez  stroked an RBI  double in the fifth  for a six-run edge, and Buchholz worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth by retiring Erick Aybar on a grounder to first.

He’d finish his start by setting the Angels down in order in the seventh.

Felix  Doubront and Michael Bowden completed the win with scoreless innings of relief.

Hunter robbed Adrian Beltre of a home run in the second inning when he reached over the low bullpen wall to snag the ball.

McDonald’s  two-out  solo homer over  the Green Monster  in the third gave the BoSox  the lead, and managed to break a car window in the parking lot directly across from the stadium.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)


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