Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/31/12

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings Thursday night, helping the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox that completed a season sweep.

The Angels went 6-0 against the Red Sox, with all of the games coming in the past 10 days, including three games this week at Angel Stadium. It's the first time in the Angels' 51-year history that they have swept Boston.

Torii Hunter had three hits for the Angels, who have won three in a row and seven of their last nine games. With the victory, the Angels remain 3 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second American League wild-card playoff spot.

Greinke (12-5) allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out seven and walked just two, picking up his third win since joining the Angels. Greinke has lasted seven innings or longer in five of his seven starts with Los Angeles, and he has won three of his last four starts.

James Loney, acquired on Aug. 25 in the nine-player Adrian Gonzalez trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, had a home run and two singles for the Red Sox, who have lost eight of their last 11 games.

Jon Lester (8-11) allowed five runs to take the loss, but he threw eight innings to help the beleaguered Boston bullpen. It was the second complete-game loss of the season for Lester, who fell to the Toronto Blue Jays on April 11.

Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save of the season.

Mike Trout walked in the first inning, and he advanced to third base on a single by Hunter. Both scored on a double to left by Albert Pujols, who showed no ill effects from his right calf injury while running to second.

The run was the 103rd of the season scored by Trout, the most in the major leagues, in just 108 games. He tied an Angels franchise record for runs scored by a rookie, matching the mark Devon White set over 159 games in 1987.

A single and two walks in the second inning loaded the bases for Boston, and Mike Aviles cashed in one run with a sacrifice fly to center field, cutting the Angels' lead to 2-1.

The Angels added to their advantage with four consecutive singles in the third inning, including run-scoring hits by Mark Trumbo and Albert Callaspo. An RBI groundout by Trout in the fourth inning gave Los Angeles a 5-1 advantage.

Loney wrapped a fly ball around the foul pole in right field in the sixth inning to bring the Red Sox to within 5-2. It was Loney's first home run as a member of the Red Sox, and it came in his fifth game with his new team.

NOTES: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick left the game in the third inning with right knee soreness, and he is listed as day-to-day. Kendrick flied out in his only at-bat, snapping his 15-game hitting streak. ... Before the game, the Red Sox recalled right-handed relief pitcher Daniel Bard from Triple-A Pawtucket. Right-hander Zach Stewart, who allowed nine runs in three innings in his Red Sox debut Wednesday, was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Bard.

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