McAdam: 'Sox finally headed in right direction'

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McAdam: 'Sox finally headed in right direction'

CSNNE's Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam joined SportsNet Central to break down Boston's recent games that are getting them closer to where they want to be.
"(The Red Sox) are at .500 for the third time this season after a road trip that saw them go 5-3. With three tough series on the road, in Tampa where they split two, in Philly where they took two out of three, and here in Baltimore where they also took two out of three.
"Over the trip, it seemed like everyone contributed. There were newcomers like Scott Podsednik and call ups like Daniel Nava playing big parts."
Boston enjoyed an off day Thursday -- their first in 20 days -- and will be back on the diamond Friday at home against the Rays.

Luis Valbuena's solo homer lifts Angels to 3-2 win over Red Sox

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Luis Valbuena's solo homer lifts Angels to 3-2 win over Red Sox

Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning, Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons also homered and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday.

Valbuena hit his ninth shot of the season into short right field to leadoff the inning, rounding out a trio of solo homers for the Angels.

Parker Bridwell (4-1) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings. Bud Norris earned his 15th save while only giving up a single to Hanley Ramirez to start the ninth. Xander Bogaerts hit into a double play to end the game.

Rick Porcello (4-13) allowed three runs in eight innings, his 18th consecutive start where he threw at least 6 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Ramirez homered to left field with two outs in the top of the sixth that gave Boston a 2-1 lead. Trout promptly answered with a massive shot to center. It was Trout's third home run in five games and his fifth RBI of the eight-game homestand.

Bridwell retired the first 10 batters he faced and 14 of 15 Red Sox before Sandy Leon singled with two outs in the fifth. Simmons made a sliding backhand grab on Brock Holt's ground ball to short but couldn't get the throw off, putting two runners on. Deven Marrero's line-drive single then fell in front of a diving Ben Revere in left and scored Leon to tie the game at 1.

After hitting the game-winner homer Saturday night, Simmons sent his 11th home run to left-center in the fourth to give the Angels a brief 1-0 lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia got the day off to rest his sore left knee. Holt started in place of Pedroia, with Marrero at 3B.

Angels:  Yunel Escobar was slotted at DH to give Albert Pujols two days off going into a six-game road trip. Valbuena replaced Escobar at 3B, while C.J. Cron got the nod at 1B.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.66 ERA) will make his second start since coming off the disabled list because of a right knee injury when the Red Sox open a three-game series at the Seattle Mariners on Monday. Rodriguez went six scoreless innings to pick up the win against the Mariners on May 26.

Angels: RHP Jesse Chavez (5-10, 4.88) has gone seven straight starts without recording a win and will try to end that futility when the Angels open a three-game series at the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. Chavez has allowed 12 home runs in 10 road starts.

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