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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Boston0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 570
LA Angels0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 4111
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  W: M. Pérez (7-4)   L: J. Suarez (3-2)   S: A. Ottavino (7)
6:38 PM PT7:38 PM MT8:38 PM CT9:38 PM ET21:38 ET1:38 GMT9:38 6:38 PM MST8:38 PM EST9:08 PM VEN5:38 UAE (+1)7:38 PM CT, July 5, 2021
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 38,201

Angels turn to Jose Suarez in opener vs. Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels

  1. Boston took two of three games from the Angels at home in mid-May and is 12-4 against them since the start of the 2018 season. The Red Sox have averaged 6.81 runs while hitting 41 homers (2.6 per game) over those 16 contests.
  2. Boston had its eight-game win streak snapped with a 7-6 loss in Oakland on Saturday, before bouncing back with a 1-0 win on Sunday. The Red Sox's 16-8 (.667) record in one-run games is third best in the majors, behind the Mariners (19-7, .731) and Angels (13-6, .684).
  3. Los Angeles has won four straight games to improve its record to 42-41. The Angels have a chance to go two games above .500 for the first time since being 9-7 through games of April 21.
  4. Shohei Ohtani has an MLB-high 31 home runs after going deep 14 times over his last 17 games. He's the third American League player all-time with as many as 14 homers in a 17-game span, joining Albert Belle (1995 Indians) and Nelson Cruz (2019 Twins).
  5. Rafael Devers' 68 RBI this year rank second in MLB to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s 69. Devers has an MLB-high 114 plate appearances with runners in scoring position, batting .347 with a 1.116 OPS in those situations.
  6. Martin Perez is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in six road starts this year, compared to 3-3 with a 5.66 ERA in 10 home starts. He threw 6.0 shutout innings in a 9-0 home win over the Angels on May 15.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/5/2021 thru 7/7/2021

Jose Suarez pieced together a month's worth of impressive performances out of the bullpen, earning another audition as a starter for the Los Angeles Angels.

Suarez will get his first opportunity to secure a spot in the rotation on Monday night when he takes the mound against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series in Anaheim, Calif.

The 23-year-old left-hander is not only pitching effectively, but the Angels are playing their best baseball of the season thanks to the offensive production of All-Stars Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh. Los Angeles has won six of its past seven games.

"It just seems the right time to give Suarez the opportunity," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "Who knows how this is going to play out the rest of the year. Things just happen."

Suarez (3-1, 1.98 ERA) has made nine relief appearances this season, most recently allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees last Monday.

Suarez entered on short notice after starter Dylan Bundy became ill, and he earned the win in the Angels' 5-3 victory.

Suarez will not only need to adjust his preparation as a starter, but get ready for one of the best teams in the majors.

Boston is coming off a 1-0 win at the Oakland Athletics on Sunday in the rubber game of their three-game series. The Red Sox (53-32) have won nine of their past 10 games to give them the best record in the American League.

Suarez will be opposed by fellow Venezuelan left-hander Martin Perez.

Perez (6-4, 4.04) cooled off in June after going 3-0 in May with a 2.60 ERA. Historically, he has struggled in July, posting a 4-14 career mark with a 5.41 ERA.

Perez earned the win in his last outing, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of Boston's 6-2 victory against the visiting Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

"He knows how to pitch," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "He's been using his fastball in different planes, and I think that's the reason he's been successful."

Perez is 6-5 with a 4.02 ERA in 19 career appearances (15 starts) against the Angels. He scattered three hits in six shutout innings against them in a 9-0 win on May 15.

The trajectory of Suarez's career was heading in a much different direction as recently as last fall.

He made 15 starts as a rookie in 2019 and went 2-6 with a 7.11 ERA, raising doubts whether he was a major-league-caliber pitcher.

Suarez struggled in his only two starts while going 0-2 with a 38.57 ERA last season. He combined for just 2 1/3 innings while giving up 10 runs, 10 hits and five walks.

After failing to make the Opening Day roster for the Angels, Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on May 10 after Felix Pena struggled.

Suarez got his first chance the same day, entering in the second inning against the Houston Astros. He allowed one run over the next four innings as the Angels rallied from a three-run deficit to claim a 5-4 victory -- with Suarez earning the win.

Suarez made two more long relief appearances in May sandwiched around trips back to Salt Lake. He was recalled again on May 28 and remained consistent throughout June, posting a 1-1 mark with a 1.96 ERA in six appearances covering 18 1/3 innings.

"Everybody's been really impressed," Maddon said. "He's a different guy this year."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 5, 2021

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