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Red Sox bullpen combines for 2 2/3 shutout innings

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston's bullpen disaster proved to be a
short-term problem.

A day after allowing 11 runs in the final three innings, Red Sox
relievers pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings on Sunday to protect a 6-3
victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Mike Myers (3-1) got two outs, Mike Timlin pitched the eighth
and Keith Foulke finished for his 13th save.

"I've struggled like I have really never struggled in my
career," Foulke said after his first 1-2-3 save since May 14. "I
don't talk about the negative. I'm going out there for the
positive, and if it doesn't happen, you guys can go talk to someone
else.

"Yeah, it didn't work out yesterday. The bullpen didn't help
the situation. But you worry about today."

Mark Bellhorn's sacrifice fly broke a seventh-inning tie, then
David Ortiz doubled in two more runs for Boston.

The Red Sox took two of three in a rematch of the 2004 AL
playoffs. Boston swept the Angels out of the first round when Ortiz
hit Jarrod Washburn's first pitch in the 10th inning over the Green
Monster to end Game 3 and complete the sweep.

"I've proven he's not a fun guy to face with the game on the
line," said Washburn, who earned a no-decision on Sunday after
giving up three runs on five hits and three walks with five
strikeouts in six innings. Joel Peralta "will learn from that and
it will help him as a pitcher."

Next up for the Red Sox: An interleague series against the St.
Louis Cardinals, whom Boston swept in the World Series for its
first title since 1918.

Bengie Molina homered for the Angels. Jake Woods (1-1) lasted
just two batters, hitting Bill Mueller to start the seventh and
then giving up John Olerud's single.

Jay Payton singled off Peralta to load the bases, then Bellhorn
worked the count full. Molina went out to talk to Peralta, but
Bellhorn lined the next pitch to center fielder Steve Finley and
Mueller scored without a throw to make it 4-3.

After Edgar Renteria struck out, Ortiz doubled to center to give
Boston a 6-3 lead. Manny Ramirez struck out to end the inning.

"[Ortiz] has truly grown into one of the top RBI guys and
clutch hitters in our league," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"We did a pretty good job with him this series, although ... he
really broke the game open today."

Red Sox leadoff man Johnny Damon was a late scratch from the
lineup because of a sore right shoulder he injured making a diving
catch on Saturday night. Damon left the ballpark for tests, but the
results were not available, he said after the game.

The Red Sox scored three in the fourth off Washburn on an RBI
double by Kevin Millar, an RBI single by Mueller and Olerud's
sacrifice fly. But Wade Miller gave it back with single runs in the
fifth, sixth and seventh.

Game notes
Because of a change by the official scorer from Thursday
night, Ortiz was given a hit on a play in the seventh inning that
was originally scored an error by pitcher Steve Kline. ... Four
cast members from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" took part in
pregame ceremonies. Tuesday night's show will feature a makeover of
several Red Sox players that was taped during spring training. ...
Boston starter Wade Miller allowed three runs on nine hits and
three walks, striking out two in 6 1-3 innings. Washburn has won
just once in his last six starts even though he allowed more than
four runs just once among them.