Red Sox homers deck Angels
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.