Angels split series with 11-0 win over Red Sox

Associated Press
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Joel Pineiro (35) is greeted at the dugout by third base coach Dino Ebel (12) and catcher Hank Conger (16) as he leaves the baseball game in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston Thursday, May 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Rookie Mark Trumbo hit his sixth homer of the season and the Los Angeles Angels salvaged a series split at Boston, racking up 18 hits in an 11-0 win over the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon.

Bobby Abreu drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which was 0-6 against Boston entering the four-game series.

After ending the skid in a rain-delayed 5-3 win in 13 innings early Thursday, the Angels chased Boston starter John Lackey (2-4) in the fifth after scoring eight runs on 10 hits.

Joel Pineiro (1-0) got his first win of the season, holding Boston to three hits over 5 2-3 innings. Relievers Rich Thompson and Francisco Rodriguez preserved the shutout as the Angels prevented the Red Sox from getting a runner past second.

The Angels put together three-run innings in the third, fourth and fifth and became the fourth team to shut out Boston this season. The Red Sox fell to 3-4 during an 11-game homestand, which continues Friday night against Minnesota.

For the second time since an 0-6 start, the Red Sox got within one win of .500 and lost the next two. Boston ran out of relief pitchers during the rain-delayed loss that stretched several hours into Thursday, then couldn't hit when the afternoon game began.

The Angels had no such problems at the plate, coming up just one short of their season high for hits set against Kansas City on April 3. It was way more offense than Pineiro needed as he kept the Sox scoreless for 5 2-3 innings, striking out two and walking four.

Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 with a single in the eighth inning as Boston strung together a few late hits long after they needed them.

Lackey trailed 3-0 and was up to 62 pitches by the time he got out of the third inning — then threw 29 more in the fourth, allowing five straight singles with two outs. Peter Bourjos, Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick and Abreu hit consecutive singles to center, and Torii Hunter broke the streak with a single to right, which drove in Kendrick for the third run of the inning.

Vernon Wells led off the fifth for the Angels with a single and stole second, which proved unnecessary when Trumbo drove a 2-2 pitch into the Green Monster seats.

That was all for Lackey, who was booed loudly as he slowly walked to the dugout. Scott Atchison, recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day, came in from the bullpen.

The Angels added another run when Bourjos doubled, went to third on a throwing error and scored on Aybar's infield single.

Boston didn't get a hit until Carl Crawford lined a ball off of Pineiro for an infield single with one out in the fourth, but the inning ended quickly and quietly. Youkilis struck out and Crawford grounded into a double play.

NOTES: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia got his first day off, one day after going 0 for 6 and striking out four times. ... A fan was kicked out in the fifth inning for grabbing a live ball hit by Jed Lowrie to the deepest part of center field. The ball bounced and may have been a ground-rule double even without the interference. ... David Ortiz led off the fifth for Boston with a line drive off the left-field wall and was thrown out easily while trying to stretch it into a double. It was just the second hit of the day for the Red Sox. ... Boston put relievers Bobby Jenks (strained right biceps) and Dan Wheeler (strained left calf) on the 15-day DL and called up Atchison and LHP Rich Hill from Pawtucket.

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