By Sean McAdam
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hitting, goes the old saying, is contagious.
Now the Red Sox are proving the same is true for pitching.
Following up on his dominant start from Patriots Day and matching the rotation-wide standard that's been set over the last week, Daisuke Matsuzaka blanked the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over eight one-hit innings and the Red Sox won their fourth straight road game, 5-0.
The strong outing continued the long string of dominant performances by Red Sox starters. In the last eight games, they've compiled a 1.01 ERA. No starter has given up more than two runs in that stretch, during which the Sox are 7-1.
The lone hit off Matsuzaka was a vicious line drive hit back at him by Alberto Callaspo in the second. Matsuzaka stuck his glove up in front of his face in self-defense as the ball tipped the glove and deflected toward third.
Matsuzaka is unscored upon in his last 15 innings, allowing just two hits.
The only run he would need came in the second Jed Lowrie scored on an infield single from Carl Crawford. Adrian Gonzalez singled home another run in the third.
Kevin Youkilis, who missed Friday's game with a bruised shin, clubbed a two-run homer to right-center in the fourth. In the fifth, Jason Varitek snapped a hitless streak of 19 at-bats with a run-scoring double to right.
Daniel Bard pitched the ninth.