The offense could only rally for one run as Jason Bay’s two-run homerun in the sixth off Lackey put the Red Sox ahead for good.
The Angels managed six hits off Jon Lester’s seven innings, but only scored one, in the third off Torii Hunter’s RBI single. They also failed to get runs on other opportunities, like loading the bases in the first and having two back-to-back one-out singles in the eighth, but Vlad ran through the stop sign and was thrown out.
Lackey tossed five shutout innings before giving up Jason Bay’s first career postseason homerun, a two-out, two-run go-ahead shot in the sixth. Lackey was lifted in the seventh and is still winless in his last five postseason starts. Oliver and Shields came in to relieve, with Shields running into trouble in the ninth, giving up two RBI-singles to make it 4-1.
The Angels will try and forget that this is their eighth consecutive postseason loss, their fifth at home. Ervin Santana has the chance to even up the series in Game 2 on Friday. His battery mate will be Mathis, and those two had a 14-4 record with a 2.88 ERA while starting together this season. Santana is 1-2 lifetime against the Sox, but did not face them this year. He will face Dice-K, who had a 9-0 road record this season, and had a 2-1 record in four postseason starts last year.
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