Weaver shuts down Red Sox, 3-0

Weaver shuts down Red Sox, 3-0
July 7, 2013, 11:00 pm
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Runs have not often been an issue for the Red Sox of late, but they were on Sunday.
      
The Sox were handcuffed by Jered Weaver and three relievers, blanked by the Los Angeles Angels, 3-0. It was the fifth time the Sox have been shutout this season, but first since June 14 and only the second time since May 3.
      
Prior to Sunday, the Sox had scored four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games.
      
The defeat was the first time the Sox had lost back-to-back games since June 22-23 in Detroit.
      
Boston was limited to just five hits and three of those came in the first seven batters of the game. The Sox had baserunners at first and third in the first with no outs, but couldn't score against Weaver. Perhaps that was their first indication that this wasn't to be their night.
      
Their last best chance at a run came in the seventh when a leadoff single by Mike Napoli and a two-out single to right from Brock Holt gave the Sox two baserunners and chased Weaver. But reliever Dane De La Rosa got Jose Iglesias to fly out to right for the third out.
      
John Lackey turned in another strong effort, giving the Red Sox seven innings while allowing just two runs on five hits. Both runs off him were on solo homers -- by Mike Trout in the first and Hank Conger in the fifth.
      
The Angels tacked on a run in the eighth off Junichi Tazawa.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jered Weaver  
Weaver kept the Red Sox off the scoreboard for 6 2/3 innings before turning the game over to his bullpen. Weaver allowed just five hits during his start and won his second straight outing.

HONORABLE MENTION: John Lackey
Lackey was tagged with a loss for the first time since May 29, but could hardly be blamed for a poor outing. He made two mistakes -- allowing a pair of solo homers -- but otherwise was superb, going seven innings while striking out nine and allowing just a single walk.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Jose Iglesias
Iglesias went 0-for-3 in three plate appearances and stranded four baserunners along the way.
  
TURNING POINT: It may well have come in the first inning when the Sox got the first two baserunners on against Weaver and didn't get anything out of it. They would get only two more baserunners in scoring position the rest of the way.
 
BY THE NUMBERS: Jacoby Ellsbury, who led off the game with an opposite-field double, extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "John's pitching as well as any point and time in his career. That's not to shortchange anything he's done early on, but he's in a very good place right now.'' -- John Farrell on John Lackey.