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Ortiz, Buchholz Lift Boston in Game 2 of Doubleheader with 7-2 Win

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


by KEN POWTAK, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz rebounded from a rough first game with a long two-run homer and drove in three runs to help Clay Buchholz improve to 9-0, earning the Boston Red Sox a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels Saturday night.

The victory snapped Boston’s nine-game losing streak against Los Angeles.

Ortiz went 0 for 5, struck out twice and stranded six runners in the opener.

Buchholz gave up two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one over 6 2-3 innings to match Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (9-0) as the majors’ only unbeaten pitcher with at least nine wins, but he left in the seventh with what the team called “neck tightness.”

In the first game, Mark Trumbo and Erick Aybar each drove in two runs as the Angels beat the Red Sox 9-5 for their team-record sixth straight win at Fenway Park.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.