Red Sox homers deck Angels
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox just keep cruising along.
Jarrod Saltalmacchia blasted two home runs into the centerfield bleachers and David Ortiz hit a three-run shot to power first-place Boston to a 10-5 victory over the staggering Los Angeles Angels Sunday.
The Red Sox moved to a season-high 14 games over .500. They lost the opener of Saturday’s double-header before scoring 17 runs in two games to finish a 4-2 homestand.
Saltalmacchia started the game 0-for-2 but then connected off starter Joe Blanton (1-10) to start a back-to-back home run set with Mike Carp in the sixth, and then hit a three-run shot off Robert Coello in the seventh.
The homers were the seventh and eighth homers of the season for Saltalamacchia, who recorded his fourth career two-homer game in extending his hitting streak to seven games (11-for-30).
He and Carp (home run No. 6, also into the bleachers) hit consecutive pitches from Blanton, who became the first 10-game loser in the major leagues.
Ortiz continued his remarkable season. Since starting the season on the disabled list as he made his way back from Achilles and heel trouble, he has hit 13 homers and driven in 48 runs in just 45 games.
The high-priced Angels lost their seventh in the last nine games and fell to 27-36. They trailed 10-3 before J.B. Shuck’s two-run single in the eighth. Mike Trout followed with his third hit, but Shuck, thinking Chris Iannetta was going to be sent home, was thrown out rounding second too far and then trying to get back.
Ryan Dempster (4-6) went the first six innings for his second straight win, the Red Sox scoring 24 runs in the two games. He also picked up his 2,000th career strikeout. Dempster gave up solo homers to Albert Pujols (No. 10) and Alberto Callaspo (No. 4).
Blanton gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, five of them for extra bases. He has allowed 111 hits, the most in the majors.
Pujols connected with two outs and nobody on in the first, the eighth of his career against Dempster, the most he has against any pitcher.
Jose Iglesias led off the four-run second by extending his hitting streak to 13 games with a single. Jacoby Ellsbury forced him but then swiped his 24th base of the season. Daniel Nava, who hit the first pitch he saw in the major leagues, from Blanton, for a grand slam, then singled home a run.
Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single and Ortiz blasted one into the Red Sox bullpen and it was 4-1.
Iglesias had two more hits for the Red Sox and is hitting .446.Notes: Ortiz’s homer was his 414th lifetime, tying him with Darrell Evans for 48th place on the all-time list. ... Blanton’s previous start was a 2-1 loss to the Astros in which he gave up three hits and two runs in eight innings. ... Boston’s Mike Napoli struck out four times and went 2-for-17 with 8 K’s in the series. ... The Sox need a starter for Wednesday night’s series finale at Tampa Bay. Franklin Morales, ineffective in relief Saturday, is a candidate. ... RHP Clay Buchholz was still sore after two plays on the field Saturday night and was undergoing tests to see if he’ll miss any time. The hope was some of his soreness was normal day-after stuff. ... RHP Jered Weaver opens the Angels’ three-game series in Baltimore tonight, while RHP John Lackey faces the Rays for the Red Sox at Tampa Bay. Lackey is 12-7 lifetime against the Rays and has had decisions in 19 straight starts, including a loss last month. ... Red Sox manager John Farrell said 3B Will Middlebrooks will start after he returns from his minor league rehab, despite the performance of Iglesias, who would settle into a utility role.