ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Red Sox started a long West Coast trip on Friday night by finding some unusual ways to score runs against the Los Angeles Angels.
Two runs came as the result of outfield errors by the Angels. Then David Ortiz had a rare pinch-hit home run to help wrap up a 6-2 victory before a crowd of 37,092.
The 54-34 Sox have won five straight and nine of their last 10.
“There’s a lot of positive things happening right now for this team,’’ Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
With the Sox up, 3-2, Daniel Nava led off the eighth inning with a double. Farrell then sent up Ortiz to hit against righthander Dane De La Rosa.
Ortiz took a strike then sent the next pitch just over the wall in right field for his 17th home run. It was the fifth pinch-hit home run in Ortiz’s 17 seasons, his third with the Red Sox.
The many Red Sox fans in the crowd cheered when Ortiz came out of the dugout. Then they got louder.
Mike Napoli added a solo home run in the ninth inning off Michael Kohn. The towering drive to center field was his first home run since June 1 and snapped a string of 86 at-bats without one.
“For me it’s about timing,’’ Napoli said. “I was able to get my foot down and get a good swing. I hope this is what gets me going.’’
Felix Doubront (5-3) and three relievers held the Angels to six hits. Los Angeles came in having won eight of nine. The Sox are 3-1 against the Angels this season.
Doubront continued what has been a good run by allowing two runs over 6⅔ innings. The lefthander gave up five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
“He was outstanding tonight,’’ Farrell said. “Once again he was able to get us deep into the ball game. I thought he was on the plate with his fastball much more consistency.’’
The Angels scored a run in third inning, but Doubront did well to keep it at that.
J.B. Shuck led off with a triple to right field. Mike Trout then walked. Albert Pujols grounded into a double play as Dustin Pedroia stood in at second base to make the turn with Trout in his face.
A run scored but the Red Sox still led, 2-1.
“That’s what I wanted there, a groundball,’’ Doubront said. “I didn’t care about the runner on third, I was trying to get two outs. That was huge.’’
The Angels tied it in the fourth when Howie Kendrick hit his 10th home run.
Doubront retired the next 10 batters before Albert Callaspo doubled with one out in the seventh. Doubront struck out Chris Iannetta for the second out.
With his starter at 97 pitches, Farrell called in lefthander Craig Breslow to face Erick Aybar. The second pitch produced a fly ball to center field.
Doubront has a 2.80 earned run average in his last nine starts. That has dropped his ERA on the season from 6.03 to 4.11.
Angels starter C.J. Wilson went 6⅔ innings and threw 121 pitches. He allowed three runs (one earned) on 10 hits and two walks. Wilson struck out five.
The Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Jonny Gomes walked with one out before Nava singled to center field.
With two outs, Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled sharply to left field and the ball bounced over the head of Shuck.
Two runs scored as Nava hustled around the bases. Saltalamacchia ended up on second base.
Jose Iglesias walked to extend the inning before Jacoby Ellsbury grounded to second.
The next four innings were frustrating for the Red Sox as they put seven runners on base and could not score.
Gomes and Brandon Snyder had singles in the fourth inning before Saltalamacchia flied to right field and Iglesias struck out looking.
Ellsbury led off the fifth inning with a single but Wilson retired Shane Victorino, Pedroia, and Napoli from there.
Snyder, Saltalamacchia, and Iglesias had two-out singles to load the bases in the sixth inning before Ellsbury broke his bat and hit the ball softly back to Wilson.
The luck turned in a big way in the seventh inning. Victorino led off with a single but was still at first base two outs later when Gomes hit a popup down the line in right.
Right fielder Josh Hamilton came a long way and got under the ball — only to see it pop out of his glove.
Victorino scored on the error and the Sox had a 3-2 lead.
“Two guys scored from first on errors tonight,’’ Gomes said. “That’s what this team has been doing all year. That kind of thing has really paid off for us.’’Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.