Aceves earns first win in victory over White Sox

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Aceves earns first win in victory over White Sox

BOSTON -- The beneficiary of Cody Ross walk-off three-run home run Thursday night, Alfredo Aceves earned his first win of the season.He was also the engineer behind Ross Gatorade shower at homeplate.Its a celebration, you know, Aceves said. Everybody have his own style. Theres nothing wrong with that. I think its a good thing because we win. When are we going to celebrate? Tomorrow? No, right after we win.Aceves made sure he chose the colorful liquid.Honestly, I take off the top of the Gatorade cooler and it was water, he said. I was like, oh, no, no.He grabbed the other cooler, the one with sticky, blue athletic drink and ran for the plate, waiting for Ross to arrive.The Sox havent had many such opportunities. It was just their third walk-off win of the season, along with the one provided by Jarrod Saltalamacchias game-winning homer on May 26 against the Rays. In that game, though, Aceves was still in the bullpen, too far away to concoct a celebration.This time, he was closer. In the dugout, after pitching scoreless ninth inning. But, Aceves outing -- as many of them have been this season -- was not without its drama.He entered in the ninth to relieve starter Clay Buchholz, who had gone eight innings, giving up just one run. But that one run left the Red Sox trailing the White Sox, 1-0, going into the ninth, behind the sterling work of White Sox rookie starter Jose QuintanaAceves opened the ninth getting Alex Rios to fly out to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in foul ground and retiring A.J. Pierzynski on a comebacker. With two outs, though, Aceves gave up a single to Dayan Viciedo and a ground-rule double to Gordon Beckham, putting runners are second and third. But Aceves got Chicago No. 9 hitter Eduardo Escobar to ground out to Dustin Pedroia, ending the threat.Ross blast in the bottom of the inning gave Aceves the win, improving his record to 1-6 with a 3.97 ERA.I am happy, of course, Aceves said. Yeah, Im pretty excited that we win. The way that we win, its pretty cool.Aceves said the 0 in the W column next to his name had not been bothering him.No, no, because I understand real well my role now, he said. And if I win, its all extra. I know my responsibility is to hold the score just the way it is. Thats my priority thing. The result, thats not in my hands. Always Im supporting my teammates: Youre going to do it Get on base. Get a hit. Whatever you want to do, do it. Just put them down. Thats all we can do.Aceves, the closer, likes his role. What his role will be when Andrew Bailey makes his season debut remains to be seen.So far, so good, he said. What can I do? It doesnt matter whatever role it is. But I wish to play. Thats all I want.And those Gatorade showers?If we do more walkoffs, oh yes, he said with a laugh.

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

Quotes, Notes and Stars of the Red Sox’ 5-4 win over the Angels

Quotes

"It's a joke. That's a brutal call for whoever's back in New York looking at it.'' - Mike Scioscia on decision not to cite fan interference on ground-rule double in the ninth.

"We played with 26 players tonight. I was like, 'Yes!''' - David Ortiz on the fan who touched Daniel Nava's double.

"If I had to go back and do it all over again, I probably would have just thrown a knuckleball. I didn't want to walk a guy, but I've got to think about the bigger picture and just swallow the walk.'' - Steven Wright, on the fastball thrown to C.J. Cron, who hit a grand slam.

Notes

* David Ortiz moved into 19th place all-time in home runs with No. 522, breaking a tie with Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams.

* Ortiz collected his 2,000th hit as a member of the Red Sox, something only six other players in history have accomplished.

* Ortiz also passed Thomas in career RBI with 1,704, good for 23rd place.

* Ortiz extended his Fenway hitting streak to 18 games. He's reached base at home in every home game since April 29.

* Steven Wright has allowed just six homers all season, but three have come in the last four games. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts became the first Red Sox teammates to record 100 hits each before the team's 81st game since 1988 when four players did so - Wade Boggs, Dwight Evans, Mike Greenwell and Marty Barrett.

* The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Red Sox against the Angels.

* The game marked the 47th time in first 79 games that the Sox have collected 10 or more hits. That leads the majors, with Kansas City and Detroit next at 39.

* The Sox are 23-9 in Brock Holt's starts.

Stars

1) David Ortiz

Ortiz had a three-hit game with two singles and a homer, the last of which was his 2,000th hit in a Red Sox uniform. The homer also was career home run No. 522, moving him past three Hall of Famers into 19th place all-time.

2) Brock Holt

Holt announced his presence loud and clear with two doubles, two runs scored, an RBI and an assist from the outfield.

3) C.J. Cron

Cron made things mighty interesting with one swing of the bat in the sixth, driving a ball into the Monster Seats for a grand slam that brought the Angels back to within a run.

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First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Angels

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First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Angels

First Impressions from the Boston Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels

* John Farrell faced a tough call with Steven Wright in the sixth.

Wright doesn't fare well in wet weather, as the Red Sox learned earlier this season when he tried to pitch in a steady rain against Houston. With a downpour, Wright wasn't able to grip his signature knuckler, and the results showed.

In the fifth and into the sixth, the rain was picking up. By the start of the sixth, the rain intensified, and Wright began to struggle. He allowed a leadoff double to Albert Pujols, hit Jefry Marte and walked Daniel Nava to load the bases.

Farrell had Matt Barnes warming, but the manager was clearly trying to get his starter through the sixth and limit the bullpen workload, having gone to the pen in the third inning Monday and the seventh inning Wednesday.

The move backfired when C.J. Cron hit a grand slam. Wright has been terrific this season, but his inability to pitch when there's any rain at all creates a unique challenge for his manager.

* Brock Holt made his presence felt right away.

Holt missed more than a month with a concussion, and admitted before Friday's game that he still wasn't 100 percent recovered.

But that hardly seemed the case Friday night. In the field, Holt fielded a line drive in the corer by C.J. Cron and fired a strike to second, cutting down Cron attempting to stretch a single into a double.

At the plate, meanwhile, Holt clubbed two doubles to left.

Holt used that same inside-out swing both times to take pitches the other way, expertly using the Wall and Fenway to his advantage.

For the past week, the Red Sox were shuffling a few outfielders, none of whom had had much experience -- or success -- at the big league level. Even if he's not 100 percent and can't be counted on every day yet, Holt could provide a nice jolt to the bottom third of the order.

* Ortiz continues to pile up records.

His solo homer in the fifth - a line shot that curled past the right field foul pole, into the box seats -- was No. 522 of his career. That enabled Ortiz to move past three Hall of Famers: Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams -- with one swing.

Ortiz had been tied with the trio in 19th place for most career homers.

The homer also marked his 2,000th hit with the Red Sox. He became the seventh player to amass 2,000 hits in a Red Sox uniform. The others: Williams,  Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Bobby Doerr and Wade Boggs.

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