BOSTON (AP) - Dan Haren has an idea why his Los Angeles Angels have lost 15 of 16 games to the Boston Red Sox since the start of last season.
``It's a good ballclub,' Haren said after Lose Angeles lost 7-3 to the Red Sox on Tuesday night to fall to 0-6 against Boston this season. ``It's not losing 15 out of 16 to, no disrespect, like the Mariners or the Pirates. It's the Boston Red Sox - they're a good ballclub.
``In order to do 15 out of 16 you've got to have a little luck on your side. A lot of things have to happen because it's not that easy. We've got to just hope we can scratch one out tomorrow and then go from there.'
John Lester (4-1) struck out 11 over seven innings to outpitch Haren and keep Boston close until the Red Sox started hitting late.
Haren, who entered with a 1.23 ERA, allowed just two hits over the first five innings.
``It's fun to have those battles every once in a while and see who's going to make the first mistake. I did early,' Lester said. ``We just tried to hang around the best we could and keep them within striking distance.'
Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers in the eighth, and Marco Scutaro added a two-run homer later in the inning for the Red Sox, who have won three straight and are within a game of .500.
The teams play two more games here this week and that's it for the season.
Perhaps that's a good thing for Los Angeles.
The Angels ended the Red Sox postseason dominance over the franchise with a sweep of the three-game Division Series in 2009. But since then, Los Angeles has been outscored 103-49 by Boston.
The Red Sox finally got to Haren (4-2) with four hits in the sixth and two more in the seventh as they rallied for a 3-1 lead.
``Danny pitched a great game,' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ``We need to get into our game, especially on the offensive side.'
Boston brought on closer Jonathan Papelbon with a 7-1 lead in the ninth. Papelbon gave up three straight hits, including Erick Aybar's RBI double, then allowed Trumbo's sacrifice fly before getting the final two outs.
Gonzalez's RBI single tied the score in the sixth and he scored on Jed Lowrie's single for a 2-1 lead. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit an RBI double in the seventh, and Gonzalez led off the eighth with his first home run at Fenway since he was acquired by the Red Sox.
That was Haren's final pitch of the night.
Ortiz then homered off Hisanori Takahashi.
The Angels were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. They are hitting .227 for the year with runners in scoring position.
``It puts a lot of pressure on what a pitcher needs to do,' Scioscia said. ``You want to give him some early runs and let him work. We haven't been able to do that the way we need to with Danny.'
NOTES: The Red Sox are 12-6 following a 2-9 start. ... Tuesday was the 8,000th game in Angels history. The first was a 7-2 win over Baltimore on April 11, 1961, when Ted Kluszewski homered twice and had five RBIs. ... CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who left Monday night's game with a bruised left knee contusion after he tripped over C Jeff Mathis, was back in the leadoff spot and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
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