Porcello piches 5-hitter to lead Red Sox past Angels, 6-2

Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcello pitches to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game since 2014, Xander Bogaerts homered and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Friday night.

Porcello (14-2) struck out three while winning his sixth straight start — also for the first time since 2014 — and eighth consecutive decision. He became the majors’ fourth 14-game winner, joining Baltimore’s Chris Tillman, the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale, and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg.

Porcello hasn’t lost since May 17 and he’s pitched five or more innings in 29 straight starts dating back to last Aug. 26.

Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered to help Boston end a four-game losing streak.

Tim Lincecum (3-4) continued to struggle in his comeback attempt, giving up four earned runs and five hits with four walks. He was removed after giving up Bradley’s homer leading off the sixth.

The loss ended the Angels season-high seven-game home winning streak.

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