June 25, 2017
Parker Bridwell pitched a strong 6 2/3 innings and the Angels scored three big runs after an overturned call to beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
In the 2nd inning, the Angels challenged the ruling on Danny Espinosa’s 3-6-3 double play. The call was overturned, and Espinosa was safe and credited with an RBI fielder’s choice, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead.
Kaleb Cowart followed with an RBI double, which was followed by a run scoring single from Juan Graterol. That gave the Angels a 3-0 lead. Cowart was recalled before the game, while reliever Eduardo Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Mitch Moreland put the Red Sox on the board in the bottom half of the inning with his 11th homer of the season. Jackie Bradley added another solo shot in the 5th inning to make it 3-2.
Bridwell gave up just the two homers among seven hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter while making 75 pitches.
The Halos would add an insurance run in the 9th inning when Cowart delivered an RBI single. Yusmeiro Petit pitched the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.
Doug Fister got his first start of the year for the Red Sox. He was released by the Angels earlier in the week. Fister (0-1) took the loss but pitched reasonably well. He went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked three.
The win moved the Angels one game over .500 with a record of 40-39. It also kept them in the thick of the AL Wild Card race.
The Angels now begin a four-game series with the Dodgers beginning Monday night at the Ravine. The first two games will be in LA, while the next two will shift down the freeway to the Big A. Game 1 will be Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23 ERA) on the hill for the Halos. He’s lost his last seven decisions. He’ll be opposed by Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73 ERA).