The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels Friday night, 4-2, behind Allen Webster‘s strong pitching performance. Mike Napoli and Yoenis Cespedes collected a pair of clutch hits along the way to victory and Boston improved to 39-0 this season when taking a lead into the ninth inning of play.
Webster showed great poise in bouncing back from a woeful showing in his last start opposite the New York Yankees. The youngster matched Angels big gun Jered Weaver, surrendering just four hits and two runs over 6.2 innings of work. Webster is now 2-1 on the season.
Dustin Pedroia opened up the scoring, singling home Christian Vazquez in the third. Cespedes, batting out of the cleanup spot, smacked a two-run double later in the inning to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. Pedroia and Brock Holt scored on the play.
Napoli added an insurance run for Boston in the fifth when he smacked a towering solo shot to left. It was his 14th homer of the season.
Tommy Layne and Junichi Tazawa came on in relief of Webster and pitched scoreless ball in paving the way for Koji Uehara. Uehara closed the door on the Angels in ninth, earning his 24th save of the season.
Jackie Bradley turned in the play of the night behind Uehara in the ninth. Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick drilled a deep shot to right-center field, but Bradley robbed him with a spectacular diving grab on the warning track. He crashed into the wall and held on.