Brid­well de­liv­ers for An­gels

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He also could not evade the An­gels’ bats. Kole Cal­houn fouled off five of his pitches be­fore punch­ing a fly­out to cen­ter in the first in­ning. Up next, Al­bert Pu­jols hit Fis­ter’s next pitch out of the sta­dium — foul. On the third pitch of his at-bat, Pu­jols, too, flied out.

An­drel­ton Sim­mons knocked the An­gels’ first hit in the sec­ond in­ning, and Ben Revere sin­gled him to third. When a review showed Danny Espinosa had beaten out a sub­se­quent dou­ble­play ball by a mil­lisec­ond, the An­gels had their first run. They had two more af­ter Kaleb Cowart dou­bled and Juan Graterol sin­gled.

Fis­ter fin­ished with those three runs sur­ren­dered in six-plus in­nings, af­ter Bos­ton’s bullpen bailed him out when he let on the two men he faced in the sev­enth.

Against Brid­well, the Red Sox notched two solo shots, from Mitch More­land and Jackie Bradley Jr., and five scat­tered sin­gles. They had only one at-bat with a run­ner in scor­ing po­si­tion all af­ter­noon, ham­pered by su­perb de­fen­sive plays from Cowart and Cal­houn.

Be­cause of Bos­ton’s ag­gres­sion, Brid­well fin­ished six in­nings with only 63 pitches on his ledger, 45 of them strikes.

Han­ley Ramirez then be­gan the sev­enth with a sin­gle into cen­ter. Af­ter Bradley lined out, Brid­well in­duced a key popout from Chris­tian Vazquez with a 3-and-1 fast­ball. At that, An­gels man­ager Mike Scios­cia came for him. Brid­well was 75 pitches in, but he said it felt like more.

“Pitch­ing in Fen­way isn’t just some ball­park,” Brid­well said. “There were some nerves there, which I ex­pected.” In jogged Blake Parker, who struck out pinch-hit­ter Sam Travis to end the threat. The night be­fore, he had struck out an­other Red Sox sub­sti­tute in a sim­i­lar situation to end the game.

Right-han­der Yus­meiro Petit han­dled Sun­day’s eighth with­out is­sue. Vaunted closer Craig Kim­brel had not pitched in a week, so he en­tered for the ninth. Revere led off with a sin­gle and scam­pered home for an in­sur­ance run on a bloop­ing bro­ken-bat sin­gle from Cowart.

Revere’s season, spent play­ing part time, has been aw­ful. Play­ing part time, only one hit­ter in the sport has been worse than him by ad­vanced met­rics, and he car­ried a .221 on-base per­cent­age into Sun­day. His three hits rep­re­sented a rev­e­la­tion.

“This game, it sucks. It re­ally, re­ally does,” Revere said. “You line out four times and your av­er­age goes down. And then some­times you get a bro­ken-bat base hit. Def­i­nitely frus­trat­ing, but you just gotta keep at it.”

No­body warmed in the An­gels’ bullpen dur­ing the top half of the ninth. Scios­cia had al­ready told Petit he’d re­main in for a sec­ond in­ning, at­tempt­ing the third save of his ca­reer.

He suc­ceeded in reach­ing the same marker Parker did on Saturday. Both men are 32. Both are jour­ney­men who joined the An­gels in 2017. Both are the stal­warts of the club’s im­prob­a­bly suc­cess­ful bullpen, de­void of es­tab­lished re­liev­ers, de­void of es­tab­lished roles.

“I took it for the bullpen,” Petit said. “I like the bullpen be­cause ev­ery­body knows their role. Their role is any­body can have any role.”

Steven Senne As­so­ci­ated Press

ANDREW BEN­IN­TENDI is out at sec­ond base as the An­gels’ An­drel­ton Sim­mons makes the play.

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