Wade Miley shuts down Angels with 8 strong innings in 6-1 loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON — Mike Scioscia said before the game that hitters usually look at a few pitches when facing a starter for the first time.

Maybe his hitters should have taken that advice.

Wade Miley retired the first 14 batters and held Los Angeles to one run over eight innings, sending the Angels to a 6-1 loss against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

"We were trying to be aggressive early and got some pitches to hit and we missed them," Scioscia said. "Then he was cruising along with a low pitch count and just kept making some pitches. We had a couple opportunities to get back into the game, but not many. He pitched a good game for those guys."

If it wasn't bad enough getting shut down by Miley, former Angel Mike Napoli completed his red-hot weekend by hitting hit his fourth homer of the series and driving in four runs.

Napoli belted a two-run home run, two-run double and improved his career average to .333 with 18 homers and 36 RBIs in 47 games against his former team.

Hector Santiago (3-3) threw a career-high 124 pitches in 6 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.

Santiago was glad Scioscia let him try and work out of trouble.

"I think they lost the leash," he said. "It shows a lot of confidence of him having in me."

Mike Trout had an RBI double for the Angels, who closed a 10-game road trip against AL East teams at 5-5.

Facing Los Angeles for the first time in his career, the Angels' hitters helped Miley by swinging early. He needed just 25 pitches in the first three innings.

Xander Bogaerts went 4 for 4 with a double and three singles for the Red Sox, who took the three-game series after losing the opener Friday.

Miley (4-4) allowed four hits, struck out two and walked one. He's won his past three starts, giving up just three runs over 21 2-3 innings.

Working his usual quick pace, Miley breezed into the fifth before walking Chris Iannetta on a 3-1 pitch with two outs.

C.J. Cron then singled to left after the Angels challenged that he was hit by a pitch a couple of pitches earlier. The umpires ruled that the ball hit the bat near his hands and, after about a minute review, it was upheld.

The Red Sox jumped ahead 2-0 in the second on Napoli's shot into the center-field bleachers, his fifth homer in the six-game homestand. His double off the Green Monster made it 5-1 in the eighth.

ROUGH RETURN

The Angels recalled RHP Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Salt Lake when they placed RHP Mike Morin on the 15-day DL before the game.

He got only one out, allowing four hits and three runs.

END OF A NICE RUN

Santiago had given up one earned run or none in six of his past seven starts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Morin was placed on the DL with a strained left oblique sustained throwing a pitch in Saturday's loss. Scioscia said before the game that he didn't have a timetable for a return.

Red Sox: RF Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day DL with a tight left calf that caused him to miss two games before leaving Saturday's game early. Manager John Farrell said Victorino was upset but understood the decision. "I'm not saying he fought this, but he's disappointed," he said.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (3-4, 4.37 ERA) is scheduled to face San Diego RHP Tyson Ross (2-4, 3.93) when they open a 10-game homestand on Monday. Weaver is 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in his past three starts.

Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly (1-3, 5.13 ERA) is slated to go against Minnesota RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-1, 6.00) as they begin a seven-game road trip Monday.

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