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Final: Red Sox 7, Angels 0

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 24, 2011 03:30 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 7, Angels 0

That's back-to-back shutouts for the Red Sox for the first time since June 19-20, 2007 in Atlanta. The hapless Angels did not score the last 19 innings of the series.

The Sox are 10-11 and have won five straight and eight of nine.

Their starters have an ERA of 0.88 in the last nine games.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Angels 0

Lackey is through eight innings and has thrown 108 pitches. That might be enough for him. Lots of Red Sox fans here and they're having fun.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Angels 0

Lackey has a five-hitter working with no walks. Now that's pitching. The Angels haven't scored in 17 innings.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Angels 0

What a beating. Scutaro (2 for 2, walk, two runs scorer) singled, took second on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by Gonzalez.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Angels 0

1-2-3 inning for Lackey, all fly balls to center. He has retired five straight and 10 of 11. The Sox are nine outs away from a 5-1 start to their road trip and a day off coming.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 6, Angels 0

Youk singled and Ortiz walked to start the sixth but Cameron grounded into a 5-3 DP before Crawford parked one to right. It was his first homer with the Sox and his first in 81 ABs dating back to last season. That had to feel good for him. Great at-bat too as he crushed a slider on the 8th pitch.

Lackey takes the mound working on a four-hit shutout. He has owned his former team since joining the Sox.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Angels 0

What is Terry Francona thinking with that lineup? All Scutaro has done so far is walked, singled and scored a run.

He singled in this inning, took third on a hit-and-run single by Ellsbury and scored on Pedroia's sac fly.

So Scutaro and Cameron, the two players people were complaining about being in the lineup, are 1 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI and the Red Sox lead 4-0. Moral of the story: The manager knows his players better than anybody.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Angels 0

Quick inning there for both starters. The Angels have now gone 14 straight innings without a run.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Angels 0

The Sox went in order in the third. Lackey allowed a bunt single by Bourjos. Aybar followed with a grounder to first. Gonzo went to second but Bourjos beat the throw and the Angels had something cooking. But Abreu grounded into a double play and after Hunter was hit by a pitch, Callaspo flied to left.

Red Sox starters now have an 0.96 ERA in the last nine games. How amazing is that?

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Angels 0

Lackey strikes out the side. The Sox have outscored the Angels 16-5 in the series so far.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 3, Angels 0

Lackey worked around two singles. Scutaro walked in the second and was out when Ellsbury grounded into a fielder's choice. Ellsbury was then thrown out stealing. He is only 5 for 8 this season.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 3, Angels 0

Who needs Jed Lowrie? Ellsbury doubled and scored on a double by Gonzalez. Youkilis walked. Ortiz then ripped an RBI single to left, driving Youkilis to third.

(Papi is really going the other way well this season. Great sign for him, as are all the walks)

Cameron drove in another run with a grounder to third. Good lead for Lackey to work with as the rain still comes down here.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0

We are underway at 12:40 here. The delay was five minutes.

Rain delay: Hey, gang. Brief rain delay here in usually sunny southern California. The game is expected to start in 10 minutes or so.

Pre-game: Good afternoon from Angels Stadium. The Sox are trying for a sweep with John Lackey on the mound.

Yes, I know the Celtics are trying to close it out in New York. But we'll have updates all game from SoCal. Follow along and feel free to add your comments. There's been some great discussion here this season.

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