- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

ANAHEIM, CALIF. (AP) - Jason Bay homered twice and drove in three runs, Brad Penny won his American League debut and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Saturday.

Mike Lowell added a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who ended a nine-game regular-season losing streak against Los Angeles. It’s been a different story in the postseason, however, with Boston eliminating the Angels in the first round of the playoffs three times since 2004.

Jonathan Papelbon, who got the final four outs, gave up a leadoff homer to Torii Hunter in the ninth. The Angels then loaded the bases with two outs before Papelbon retired Howie Kendrick _ after seven foul balls on an 0-2 count _ on a tricky line drive to right fielder Rocco Baldelli.

It was Papelbon’s second save.

The Angels won the series opener 6-3 on Friday night following an emotional tribute to teammate Nick Adenhart. The 22-year-old rookie pitcher was killed along with two friends when the car they were in was broadsided by a minivan driven by a suspected drunken driver hours after Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings against Oakland on Wednesday night. Thursday night’s game against the Athletics was postponed.

There were many reminders of Adenhart on Saturday: the still-mounting shrine of flowers and Angels items brought by fans to the mound of the brick “infield” outside the stadium’s main entrance; a picture of him on the big screen inside that drew applause from both Los Angeles and Boston fans; the black patches on the front of the Angels’ jerseys; and his clubhouse locker, left as it was after he pitched Wednesday night.

Penny (1-0) gave up three runs and five hits, two of them homers by Mike Napoli. Penny is coming back from an injury-plagued 2008 season with the Dodgers after winning 16 games for them in both 2006 and 2007 and making the NL All-Star team both years.

Joe Saunders (1-1) came in with a streak of 21 2-3 scoreless innings for Los Angeles, including seven innings in a 3-0 victory over Oakland in the season opener. But Lowell ended that with his homer in the fifth. Bay added a two-run homer off the left-hander in the seventh and hit his second of the day against Justin Speier in the ninth.

Saunders, who has dedicated his season to Adenhart, gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He lost for the first time in five career decisions against Boston.

Bay walked and scored on Lowell’s homer to tie it at 2 in the fifth. After Napoli answered with his second leadoff homer of the game in the bottom half, Bay hit a two-run shot to put the Red Sox back on top to stay.

Notes:@ Since the Angels postponed Thursday’s game against Oakland because of Adenhart’s death, they are able to slot four starting pitchers into spots for another week. Manager Mike Scioscia said no decision will be made about the fifth spot in the rotation until the middle of next week at the earliest. He said middle reliever Darren Oliver, whose last season as a full-time starter was with Colorado in 2003, could make a start in an emergency, but that he’s needed more in the bullpen. … The Angels recalled OF Reggie Willits from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill the roster opening caused by Adenhart’s death. “It’s very difficult,” Willits said. “Anytime you get called up, you’re happy to go up. But under the circumstances, it just didn’t feel right. … I remember talking to my wife, and telling her: `I really hope it’s not me,’ because of how hard it is.”

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