Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 4-2 win on Thursday night at Fenway Park. Boston extended its American League East lead over the idle New York Yankees to a full game.

Jackie Bradley Jr. led the Red Sox with two RBIs on a two-run home run in the seventh inning. He also turned heads with a dazzling catch in center field, robbing Justin Upton of extra bases as he leaped and made the catch as he slammed into the center field wall.

Lefty Brian Johnson performed admirably in an abbreviated spot-start for the injured Steven Wright, allowing one run in four innings. The bullpen combined for five innings of one-run ball, including Craig Kimbrel’s 24th save of the season.

The Red Sox head into a big weekend series against the New York Yankees on a high note. They’ve won six of their last seven games.

Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski announced after the game that they have acquired first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Single-A infielder Santiago Espinal.

Up next: Red Sox-Yankees kicks off in the Bronx on Friday night with Eduardo Rodriguez (9-2, 3.86 ERA) taking on C.C. Sabathia (4-3, 3.18 ERA).

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