MLB: Boston 3, LA Angels 1

May 5, 2010 at 10:40 PM

BOSTON, May 5 (UPI) -- John Lackey allowed just two hits over seven innings Wednesday and David Ortiz had a home run, giving Boston a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

The only hits off Lackey, who spent the first eight years of his career with the Angels, were a second-inning single by Kendry Morales and a fifth-inning homer by Brandon Wood.

Lackey (3-1) also walked a batter and hit another in the second to load the bases, but got Wood on a swinging strikeout to end the threat.

Daniel Bard worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon produced a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

Ortiz came into the contest with a .149 batting average, but had two hits and a walk. His solo homer came in the fourth and gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. Boston has won the first three of the four-game series.

Adrian Beltre also had a solo shot for the Red Sox in the eighth.

Los Angeles lost its sixth straight -- all on the road. Joel Pineiro (2-4) was charged with the setback, surrendering two runs on eight hits over six innings. He had given up 10 runs to Detroit in his previous outing.

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