Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Hideki Matsui slugged a three-run homer and drove in four as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim snapped a nine-game losing streak to Boston with a 7-2 victory in the finale of a three-game set at Fenway Park.
Alberto Callaspo added a pair of RBI and Howie Kendrick collected two hits and knocked in a run for the Angels, who snapped a three-game losing skid and salvaged a game in the series.
Ervin Santana (13-8) got the win by scattering four hits and two runs over seven-plus innings.
David Ortiz homered and Adrian Beltre drove in the other run for the Red Sox, who had won three of four coming in.
Josh Beckett (3-3) was tagged in defeat for seven hits and six runs with six strikeouts and two walks in 6 1/3 frames.
The Angels dented Beckett for four runs in the sixth. Maicer Izturis doubled off the wall in left-center with one out, then Callaspo knocked him in with a double and Torii Hunter followed with a single. Matsui cleared the bases and made it 4-1 for the visitors by hitting a low Beckett offering into the right- field bullpen.
Three more runs came in during the Halos' seventh, as a single and walk with one out chased Beckett for Manny Delcarmen, who walked Izturis to load the bases before a Callaspo grounder made it 5-1. Hunter walked and Matsui drew a base on balls to force in another run, then Kendrick's infield single to short scored Izturis.
Boston only countered with a single run in the eighth on Beltre's sac fly with the bases loaded and one out.
Ortiz reached the bullpen with one out in the fourth to get the Sox on the board, but it was all downhill for the home team thereafter.
The Angels have only been swept in a season series by an AL team twice before (0-6 vs KC in 1981; 0-5 vs CLE in 1994)...The last time the Halos lost nine in a row to one team within one year was in 1999 against the Indians...Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia sat with a sore left foot...Boston last fell to the Angels on September 17, 2009 at Fenway...Prior to the game, the Sox placed back-up catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the 15-day disabled list with an infected right leg and recalled catcher Dusty Brown from Triple-A Pawtucket.