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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ortiz's bombs get Red Sox off to good start in Disneyland

Last night in Anaheim, Clay Buchholz was back to his All-Star form and David Ortiz looked like the guy who won the 2010 Home Run Derby.

Buchholz (11-5) went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts and Ortiz hit two home runs as Boston (56-44) won 6-3 against the Los Angeles Angels (52-50).

Dan Haren's Angels debut was a dud as he had to leave in the fifth after Kevin Youkilis' (3 hits, stolen base) line drive went off his arm. He left the game with a contusion. Haren went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Bobby Abreu put LA up 1-0 in the first with a solo homer.

In his first game back in almost a month, Victor Martinez tied it up with an RBI single in the second inning.

Ortiz put his team in front with a solo homer in the third and then a clutch two-run shot in the eighth.

The 4-1 cushion came in handy as Scott Atchison served up a two-run bomb to Hideki Matsui (2 hits) in the eighth.

Jonathan Papelbon got the final four outs for his 23rd save of the season.

John Lackey makes his return to Angel Stadium of Anaheim tonight, facing Jered Weaver, who's leading the AL in strikeouts and is having a great season even though he somehow wasn't in the All-Star game in his home park.

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