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Ryan Dempster recorded his 2,000th career strikeout and the Boston Red Sox overpowered the Los Angeles Angels in a 10-5 routing.
Dempster turned in a quality start for the Red Sox as the right-hander struck out six and surrendered three runs through six innings of work. Despite allowing home runs to designated hitter Albert Pujols and third baseman Alberto Callaspo, Dempster yielded just two walks and was able to limit any damage by keeping Angels off of the base paths. Then, in the top of the sixth inning, he fanned Callaspo to become the fifth active player with 2,000 career strikeouts.
Joe Blanton made the start for the Angels looking for an opportunity to turn around his 2013 season that includes a 1-9 record and an ERA of 5.53. However, it only took the Boston offense three innings to hang a crooked number on Blanton and eventually hand him his 10th loss of the season.
After a quiet first two innings, Jose Iglesias led off the bottom of the third with an infield single that set up Jacoby Ellsbury to reach on a fielder’s choice. After stealing second, Ellsbury scored on a base hit by Daniel Nava. Next, Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a base knock to left field. Then, with two men on base, David Ortiz followed up his two-run home run the previous night with a three-run shot into the Red Sox bullpen that put Boston up 4-1. This was Ortiz’s 13th home run of the season.
From that point forward, the Boston offense never looked back. Jarrod Saltalamachia led the offensive charge the rest of the way with two home runs and four RBI. He also contributed to a back-to-back home run barrage in the sixth inning alongside Mike carp that ended Blanton’s day.
Iglesias continued to hit at a torrid pace after recording his third straight two-hit performance in a row and extending his hitting streak to 13 games. The 23-year-old is now batting .446 through his first 78 at bats of the season and has 11 hits so far in the month of June.
Craig Breslow pitched another strong inning in relief and after Koji Uehara gave up a two-run single in the eighth, John Ferrell turned to Andrew Miller who quickly cut off the rally. With a 10-5 lead, Andrew Bailey breezed through the ninth and locked up the victory. The Red Sox improved their day game record to 13-6 and remain atop the AL East with a record of 39-25.
After a successful week at home in which they won four out of six, Boston will travel to Tampa Bay for a three game series with the divisional rival Rays. The Red Sox currently hold a four game lead over the Rays.