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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Adrian Beltre, steroid-free yet finding his stroke

What has happened to the Los Angeles Angels? The darlings of the AL West look awful, they lost their third straight (and sixth overall) to the Boston Red Sox last night 3-1 at Fenway Park.

Former Angels pitcher John Lackey faced his old mates and he clearly paid attention on his off-days, he wasn't just dipping and checking out women in the stands.

He went seven innings, allowing one run on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts. It was his fifth quality start in six starts this season and he improved to 3-1.

It's a little early to hand him the AL comeback player of the year award but Sox (14-14) third baseman Adrian Beltre is starting to catch fire at the plate while also settling down defensively and flashing the leather like the Gold Glover he's been.

Beltre gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the second inning with an RBI single which drove in J.D. Drew. Beltre added a solo bomb (424 feet) in the eighth off Angels (12-17) closer Brian Fuentes, who was getting some work.

Joel Pineiro (2-4), who was on the Red Sox for a hot second a few seasons ago, pitched well in defeat. He gave up two earned runs in six innings on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

His biggest mistake was a meatball that ice cold David Ortiz hit over the Monster in the fourth for a solo home run. Ortiz also had a single and a walk, frontpage news for him since he's in the biggest slump of his life.

LA only had two hits in the game and one was a solo homer by third baseman Brandon Wood in the fifth.

Daniel Bard pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and Jonathan Papelbon had a clean ninth for his eighth save (in eight chances).

The Sox look for the four-game sweep tonight as Dice-K takes the mound vs. Scott Kazmir. Bring a pillow if you're going to the game, it could take six hours.

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