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BOS@BAL: Lester hurls eight frames of two-run ball

There was good that came out of Jered Weaver's Sunday bout with a stomach virus: Now the Angels once again have their best two pitchers throwing back-to-back.

After getting his start bumped from Sunday, Weaver on Monday suffered his first loss of the season. On Tuesday, Dan Haren will look to give the Angels only their second win in their past 15 games against the Red Sox.

Weaver and Haren have been two of the game's top pitchers. But aside from giving opponents a look at two aces on consecutive nights, Halos manager Mike Scioscia said the ability to have them lined up with one another makes his entire pitching staff stronger.

"The first thing you're looking for in a rotation is going to be length," Scioscia said. "When those guys were split up, it helped us in that aspect. You had more normal length. With those guys back-to-back, there are obvious advantages to trying to get on a roll. If you get length from [Ervin] Santana, [Joel] Pineiro and [Tyler] Chatwood, it's a moot point. If Ervin and Joel are going deep in games, it won't be an issue at all with the bullpen."

The 30-year-old Haren has allowed two or fewer earned runs in all six of his starts, ranking second only to Weaver in ERA and batting average against entering Monday. Despite his solid start, Haren's lone blemish came 11 days ago against these Red Sox, whom Haren has lost three straight starts against. On April 22 against Boston, Haren allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings.

Opposing Haren on that day was left-hander Jon Lester, who also will get the start Tuesday. Lester hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since Opening Day, also striking out 35 in 34 innings during that stretch.

In his last start, he improved to 14-0 against Baltimore, allowing two runs in eight innings.

"He was really good," manager Terry Francona said, "and he needed to be because we had chances to spread it out and we didn't. But he pitched so well, he gave us enough time where we finally did."

Angels: Trumbo expected to return
Rookie first baseman Mark Trumbo sat Monday, but should be in Tuesday's lineup. Trumbo is hitting .333 against left-handers and entered Monday leading American League rookies in homers (four), RBIs (13), total bases (41), hits (23) and runs (11). He also has a team-leading .353 average with runners in scoring position.

Red Sox: Wakefield makes history
Tim Wakefield has made at least one start for Boston in each of the past 17 seasons, becoming only the eighth pitcher in history to make one or more starts in at least 17 straight seasons for the same team. On Monday, Francona said the 44-year-old pitcher could be used in the rotation again this season.

"I think that's part of what we have Wake down there for," Francona said. "He gives us kind of a unique ability to throw a guy in a start, and I'm sure he probably will be making starts at some point, depending on what's going on."

• Bobby Abreu's RBI single with two outs in the third inning Monday broke a streak of 25 2/3 innings in which Red Sox starters had not allowed a run against the Angels.

Worth noting
Tuesday night will mark the Angels' 8,000th game ... Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has an 11-game hitting streak. ... The Red Sox have won seven of their last eight against the Angels at Fenway Park. Comments