ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The way Bartolo Colon's pitch count was
rising, it didn't look as though he'd be around for the fourth
inning -- let alone the sixth.
But his teammates made it easier for him to stick around,
staking the struggling right-hander to a five-run lead through
four, and the Anaheim Angels went on to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3
Saturday night despite two home runs by Johnny Damon.
"From the start, I always think I'm going eight or nine
innings," Colon said. "After the first two innings, I reduced
that to think I could still go seven. I was trying to be a little
too fine early, and it cost me a couple of walks."
Colon (7-8) won his second straight start after going 1-6 with
an 8.45 ERA in his previous 10 outings. The right-hander allowed a
run and three hits, including the first of Damon's homers. He
struck out one and walked five.
Colon threw 48 pitches in the first two innings, allowing five
of his first nine batters to reach base -- but still managed to keep
the frustrated Red Sox off the board. He walked Mark Bellhorn and
David Ortiz on 3-2 counts with one out in the first, then got
behind Nomar Garciaparra 2-0 before retiring him on a double-play
"After the second inning, we just saw better command of his
fastball," pitching coach Bud Black said. "He wasn't missing by
much, and he didn't give in. Bart can throw a strike when he wants,
but he wasn't missing so terribly that he had to throw the ball
right down the middle."
Gabe Kapler singled with two outs in the second, and Colon
walked the next two batters before escaping the bases-loaded jam on
Damon's flyout. He threw just 17 pitches the next two innings -- 15
"I wish I would have gotten one with the guys on base in the
first. That would have been a really great time to get it, but
Bartolo pitched well," Damon said. "He was pitching with a tight
strike zone, so he had to go out there and battle. And he did."
Tim Wakefield (5-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in four
innings. The Red Sox got a scare in the fourth when Jose Molina led
off with a hard line drive that caromed high in the air off the
back of Wakefield's right shoulder blade before shortstop
Garciaparra made a juggling catch cutting across the diamond for
"There's a mark where the ball hit me," Wakefield said. "I'm
just glad it didn't hit me in the head, because it was coming right
at my face. But I was lucky to duck out of the way. I'm just glad
we got an out out of it."
Boston's knuckleballer stayed in after a couple of warmup
tosses, but Kennedy drove his next pitch into the right-field seats
for his sixth homer and a 5-0 lead. Wakefield finished the inning,
but was replaced in the fifth by Joe Nelson.
"They wanted to take me out at that point," Wakefield said.
"After throwing 80 pitches in four innings, they just didn't take
a chance on me getting stiff sitting in the dugout.
"I'm real stiff now, so I don't think I would have been as
effective in the fifth -- even though I wanted to go back out. But
it didn't make any sense because I had to get ready for my next
start. I saw the doctor after the game and he wants me to get a CT
scan to make sure nothing's broken."
The Angels tacked on three runs in the sixth on Jimmy Anderson's
bases-loaded wild pitch and Garret Anderson's two-run single, which
gave him 900 career RBI. The only other player to drive in that
many runs for the Angels is Tim Salmon, whose RBI single in the
first left him 14 shy of 1,000.
Erstad's two-run single came with the bases loaded in the first.
Guerrero made it 4-0 in the third with his 21st homer and 78th RBI,
temporarily tying Ortiz for the AL lead. All four of Guerrero's
career hits against Wakefield have been home runs.
Damon's fifth-inning homer was the 28th allowed by Colon -- the
most in the AL. Damon added his 12th of the season in the eighth
off Ramon Ortiz, giving him three multihomer games this year and
eight in his career.
Two batters later, David Ortiz homered off his namesake to give
him 24 this season and 79 RBI -- taking the AL lead back from
Boston LF Manny Ramirez, who leads the AL with 26 homers,
didn't start for the second straight game because of hamstring
problems. ... Angels OF Raul Mondesi reinjured his right quadriceps
after his second at-bat Friday night in a rehab assignment with
Triple-A Salt Lake and will be re-examined Monday by Dr. Lewis