Escobar faces Lester in rematch

Escobar faces Lester in rematch

If there's ever a good time to face the Red Sox, this would be it.

The Red Sox, still smarting from dropping five straight to the Yankees, came to Angel Stadium on Tuesday and lost their sixth game in a row.

The Angels will try to keep that streak alive when they take their hacks on Wednesday against a pitching staff that had a 9.39 ERA over the weekend against its rivals.

"They're a terrific ballclub and anytime you catch them is not necessarily a good time," manager Mike Scioscia said. "They went through a lot of innings but have some terrific arms down there. If they get a lead they can hold it and get a win."

Kelvim Escobar will try to see to it that the Red Sox aren't able to grab a lead. He beat the 2004 World Series champions in Boston last month after allowing two earned runs in six innings.

The same pitcher who was on the hill for that loss will throw on Wednesday for the Red Sox. Jon Lester, who began his Major League career 5-0 before losing to the Angels on July 28, has allowed three earned runs or more in each of his past six starts.

Pitching matchup
BOS: LHP Jon Lester (6-2, 4.72 ERA)
The rookie is 1-2 with an 8.13 ERA over his past six starts.

LAA: RHP Kelvim Escobar (9-10, 3.77 ERA)
Since being activated from the disabled list in July, Escobar is 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA.

Player to watch
Howie Kendrick has seven hits in 13 at-bats (.538) against the Red Sox this season, including three RBIs.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FSN West

On radio
• KSPN 710 AM, KMXE 830 AM (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 13-8, 5.35) at Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 9-0, 1.95), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Friday: Yankees (RHP Jaret Wright, 9-7, 4.50) at Angels (RHP John Lackey, 10-9, 3.52), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Yankees (RHP Corey Lidle, 10-9, 4.45) at Angels (RHP Ervin Santana, 12-6, 4.28), 1:10 p.m. PT

Greg Wagner is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.