BOSTON (AP) – Orlando Cabrera, Vladimir Guerrero and Juan Rivera hit third-inning homers to send Curt Schilling to his first loss at Fenway Park this year, and John Lackey pitched six solid innings Sunday night to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 10-4.

Lackey (10-6) allowed three earned runs, nine hits and two walks, striking out six to win for the fifth time in six starts this month. The Angels have gone 19-6 in July to improve from seven games back to a half-game behind the Oakland Athletics in the AL West.

Schilling (13-4) was charged with six runs and 10 hits in five innings, striking out five. He had been 8-0 with a 2.71 ERA at Fenway this year; it was the first time in 13 starts since May 16 that he failed to last at least six innings.

David Ortiz, who had four RBIs on Saturday and won that game with an 11th-inning single, drove in two more runs on Sunday with a fifth-inning double. His 101 RBIs make him the first Red Sox player to top 100 before August since Walt Dropo and Vern Stephens reached the mark in July, 1950. Maicer Izturis was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs as the Angels scored one in the first, two in the second and then three in the third when Cabrera and Guerrero hit back-to-back homers to lead off the inning. Rivera hit a solo shot one out later – his 10th home run of the month. It was the fifth time in 23 starts this year that Schilling has given up three home runs, but the first time since 1997 that he’s given up three in an inning.

Los Angeles added four in the sixth off Jermaine Van Buren to make it a 10-4 game. Coco Crisp made a diving catch with the bases loaded to keep the Red Sox in it, but Chone Figgins singled in one run, Izturis doubled off Julian Tavarez to score two more and Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in another. Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon left the game after clutching his side when he took a wild swing in the third inning. He was taken out with a 2-2 count and was replaced by Wily Mo Pena, who swung at the first pitch to complete the strikeout that was charged to Nixon.

But Pena came through with a two-out, RBI double when Boston scored three in the fifth to close it to 6-4. Jason Varitek walked, and Mike Lowell headed to first base after he seemed to have been hit by an 0-2 pitch.

But home plate umpire Kerwin Danley called him back and said he wasn’t hit; replays were inconclusive. Lowell struck out on the next pitch to end the inning, then threw his bat and spiked his helmet into the dirt.

Notes: Actor Ben Affleck nearly interfered with Angels 1B Howie Kendrick on a foul pop near the Boston dugout. Affleck, who was sitting in the front row with wife Jennifer Garner, pulled back and allowed Kendrick to make the catch. The nearby fans jeered him, and a security guard came by between innings to talk to him. … Los Angeles placed RHP Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right triceps. RHP Greg Jones was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. … LF Garret Anderson singled in the first and has hit safely in 21 consecutive games against Boston. … The Red Sox traded minor-league RHP Luis Mendoza to the Texas Rangers for RHP Bryan Corey. Transferred RHP Matt Clement from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day list. … RHP Keith Foulke was a last-minute scratch from his scheduled rehabilitation start for Triple-A Pawtucket because of a sore back. … Schilling last lost at Fenway on Sept. 15, 2005.

AP-ES-07-30-06 2320EDT


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