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The right-hander strikes out seven and allows two hits and one run over 71/3 innings.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jered Weaver shut down the Red Sox, and Erick Aybar's two-run triple in the seventh lifted the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox in Friday's Game 2 of their American League division series.

The Angels go for the sweep Sunday in Boston.

Weaver and Josh Beckett engaged in a pitchers' duel.

After scrawling the initials of late teammate Nick Adenhart with his finger on the back of the mound - a routine he has followed since the car crash that killed Adenhart and two friends in April - Weaver retired his first nine batters before Jacoby Ellsbury led off the fourth with a triple over the head of centerfielder Torii Hunter.

Ellsbury, whose 10 triples during the regular season tied Minnesota's Denard Span for the AL lead, snapped an 0-for-24 postseason drought with that hit. He scored on Victor Martinez's one-out hit to center, ending a 20-inning scoreless drought.

In Weaver's other postseason start, on Oct. 7, 2007, he lost 9-1 to Boston's Curt Schilling in Game 3 of the division series. The right-hander also pitched two scoreless innings of relief against the Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2008 ALDS to get the victory.

Beckett matched zeros with Weaver through the first three innings and received some defensive help from second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who made a diving stop of Bobby Abreu's first-inning grounder in the hole and threw him out. Rightfielder J.D. Drew then made a running, shoestring grab of Mike Napoli's slicing fly in the third.

In the fourth, after a leadoff single by Abreu, third baseman Mike Lowell made a diving grab of Hunter's drive toward the line to rob him of a possible RBI double.

But Vladimir Guerrero followed with a hit-and-run, opposite-field single that sent Abreu to third, and Kendry Morales pulled the Angels even with his flyout to right.

Jason Bay, who hit three of his 36 homers this season at Angel Stadium, came within a few feet of another in the fifth inning, but Hunter raced to left-center to track it down.