Cespedes, De La Rosa lead Sox to 3-1 win over Angels

Cespedes, De La Rosa lead Sox to 3-1 win over Angels
August 10, 2014, 6:45 pm
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The late Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver once famously said all he needed was good starting pitching and three-run homers. The Red Sox applied that formula for an impressive win in their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.

Yoenis Cespedes hit his first homer as a member of the Red Sox -- a three-run shot in the eighth -- and Rubby De La Rosa turned in his second strong outing of the road trip, limiting the Angels to a single run over seven-plus innings for a 3-1 Red Sox victory.

With the teams scoreless after seven, Brock Holt reached on a out-out error by first baseman Efren Navarro, followed by a sharp single to left by Dustin Pedroia.

Cespedes then drove a pitch over both bullpens in left his 18th homer and first since joining the Red Sox 10 days ago.

De La Rosa had to battle through jams in the first few innings. He walked two of the first four hitters in the first, but used a double play to get out of trouble. Then, he escaped a first-and-second out mess in the third and a first-and-third no-out threat in the fourth.

The latter began a stretch in which De La Rosa seemed to get stronger as he went along, retiring 12-of-13 -- five by strikeout in one stretch.

With the Sox dealing with an overworked bullpen thanks to their 19-inning marathon Saturday night, De La Rosa went back out for the eighth with 105 pitches, but gave a rocket to Mike Trout to spoil the shutout bid.

Edward Mujica then needed just five pitches to get through the eighth and Koji Uehara, pitching for the third straight day, notched his 25th save.


STAR OF THE GAME: Yoenis Cespedes

One swing of the bat by the Cuban slugger provided the only three runs the Red Sox managed all day. It was his first homer since joining the Red Sox.


Turning in his second strong start on the road trip, De La Rosa gave the Sox seven-plus innings of one run ball. His only mistake? A solo homer to Mike Trout leading off the eighth.


Smith came into a scoreless game and was quickly undone by his defense, allowing Brock Holt to reach. But the single to Dustin Pedroia and the 400-foot belt by Cespedes were on him.

TURNING POINT: After Trout put the Angels on the board in the eighth, Edward Mujica came in and shut down any momentum the Angels may have had by getting the next three outs on just five pitches. 

BY THE NUMBERS: Jackie Bradley Jr. fanned four times and is now hitless in his last 35 at-bats.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I've been facing him for a long time and ever since then, he's been starting me off with a sinker and then follows it up with the slider. When I missed the sinker, I knew he was coming with the slider.'' - Yoenis Cespedes on his approach against Smith.