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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Angels0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 470
Boston0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 292
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  W: C. Wilson (10-8)   L: B. Workman (1-7)   S: K. Jepsen (1)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 18, 2014
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 35,170

Angels-Red Sox Preview

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Angels lost, 3-2, to the Rangers in Arlington yesterday, snapping their four-game winning streak in the process. The Halos are 6-3 (.667) in their last nine road contests -- tied for the second-best road mark in the majors since July 31.
  2. Boston dropped an 8-1 decision to the Astros at Fenway Park on Sunday, and ended up splitting its four-game series with Houston over the weekend. The Red Sox haven't won a home series since sweeping three from the Royals, July 18-20.
  3. The Red Sox took two of three from the Angels (in Anaheim) earlier this month in these clubs' first meeting of the season. That said, dating to May 4, 2011, Los Angeles is 12-5 the last 17 times it's taken the field against Boston.
  4. C.J. Wilson went 6.2 innings and allowed just two runs (both earned) vs. the Phillies in his last outing (August 12), snapping his personal two-game losing streak, and recording a win for the first time since beating the Twins on June 24. Wilson is 5-2 with a 2.73 ERA in nine career starts against the Red Sox.
  5. Brandon Workman lost his last outing (vs. the Angels) when he came out of the bullpen and gave up a 19th-inning home run to Albert Pujols nine days ago. Workman is 0-6 with a 6.35 ERA in his last six appearances (five starts) overall.
  6. Mike Trout went 1-for-3 yesterday, snapping his season-high four-game hitless streak with a single in the fifth inning. Trout has at least one hit in all six career games he's played against the Red Sox at Fenway Park (13-for-28, .464 BA in those games).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/18/2014 thru 8/21/2014

By KEVIN CHROUST

STATS Writer

(AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels are heading into the final six weeks of the regular season with one of the best records in baseball.

Getting some strong work from C.J. Wilson could be one of the keys in keeping it that way over their final 40 games, which they'll get to work on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The Angels (72-50) missed out on a fifth straight win and lost 3-2 in walk-off fashion Sunday in Texas. Los Angeles led 2-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, but Huston Street allowed four hits without recording an out. The closer had gone 13 innings without surrendering a run and saw his ERA jump from 0.80 to 1.20.

He recorded saves in the first two games of the series, but said fatigue wasn't an issue.

"I didn't make very good pitches today," Street said. "That's the bottom line. I felt fine."

Offensively, the Angels have been getting by without two of their top hitters doing much. Mike Trout went 1 for 3 Sunday, but the single stands as his only hit in 19 at-bats over five games. Josh Hamilton got the day off after going 5 for 38 with 18 strikeouts in his previous 10.

There's plenty of reason to believe both could recover at Fenway. Trout is a .464 hitter in six games in Boston, while Hamilton has batted .353 with 27 RBIs in 24 games.

"We're going to let (Hamilton) exhale a day and see where we are, but our lineup long range has him in the middle of it," manager Mike Scioscia told MLB's official website.

The Angels have won five of seven, thanks in large part to a starting staff that's posted a 2.05 ERA in that time.

Wilson (9-8, 4.71 ERA) had an encouraging start his last time out and won for the first time in six appearances. The left-hander allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings of Tuesday's 7-2 win over Philadelphia.

"C.J., that's in line with the way he can pitch and where we need him to be," Scioscia said. "Hopefully he's turned the corner on some things."

The veteran's previous six starts had been a disaster with an 11.03 ERA and .394 opponents' batting average.

Against Boston, Wilson is 5-2 with a 2.73 ERA in nine career starts. David Ortiz is 2 for 16 against him, while Dustin Pedroia, who missed Sunday's game with flu-like symptoms on his 31st birthday, is 9 for 21.

"He's been seen by our doctors, antibiotics administered," manager John Farrell said. "So hopefully this is a short-lived situation."

The Red Sox (56-67) settled for a split of a four-game series with Houston to begin an 11-game homestand. Sunday's 8-1 loss was their seventh in their last 10 home contests.

Brock Holt played second base in place of Pedroia and extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games. Double-play partner Xander Bogaerts went 0 for 3 and is in a 3-for-30 slump.

Brandon Workman will now try for his first win at Fenway this season.

Workman (1-6, 4.45) missed his last scheduled turn in the rotation because of fatigue after sandwiching in a relief appearance during a 19-inning game against the Angels on Aug. 9. He allowed a walk-off home run to Albert Pujols in the 5-4 defeat and has now taken the loss in six straight outings. It was his first appearance against Los Angeles.

Boston took two of three in Los Angeles in that Aug. 8-10 series.

Updated August 17, 2014

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