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Chuck Finley and Al Levine combined on a four-hitter and Jim Edmonds went 4-for-4 as the Anaheim Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0 Thursday night.

Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer to help Finley (6-10) win for only the second time in 10 starts at home this season. The left-hander allowed four hits in seven innings after giving up 43 earned runs over 41 2-3 innings in his previous eight outings.

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  • Finley struck out seven and walked four.

    Mo Vaughn missed his second game because of a staph infection. Angels physician Dr. Lewis Yocum said that Vaughn looked and felt significantly better and wasn't running a temperature.

    The slugging first baseman, who left the Red Sox to sign a six-year, $80-million free agent contract with the Angels will most likely miss the rest of the four-game series.

    Boston's third loss in four games put the Red Sox a game behind idle Toronto in the AL Wild-Card race.

    Brian Rose (6-4), who won only three of 12 starts since winning his first three outings, allowed six hits in 3 2-3 innings in his shortest start of the season.

    The Red Sox right-hander walked the first three batters in the second, but managed to work out of trouble. Rose fielded Jeff Huson's comebacker and threw home to start a double play. He then retired Ben Molina on a fly ball to center.

    Glaus gave the Angels their first three runs in the fourth wit his 18th homer, tying Vaughn for the team lead. The drive to left came with none out after singles by Edmonds and Darin Erstad.

    Anaheim scored three more in the sixth on RBI singles by Molina and Garret Anderson and a sacrifice fly by Orlando Palmeiro.

    Molina drove in another run with an infield hit in the seventh, giving the rookie catcher five hits and four RBIs in his first two major league starts.

    Edmonds completed the scoring with an RBI double in the eighth.

    Notes

  • Pedro Martinez, who pitches on Sunday in the series finale, leads the AL with 15 victories, 194 strikeouts and a 2.48 ERA. The last Red Sox pitcher to lead the league in all three categories was Cy Young, who finished the 1901 season with 33 wins, 158 strikeouts and a 1.62 ERA.
  • Nomar Garciaparra, who entered the game with a major league-leading .368 average, did not hit a ball out of the infield in his three at-bats against Finley and is 1-for-11 lifetime against him.
  • All five of the Angels' shutouts have been combined efforts three of them involving Finley, who pitched their last complete-game shutout on April 17, 1998 against Tampa Bay.
  • Glaus, who walked his other three times up, hit his first homer at home since June 11 against Arizona. Nine of his last 11 have come on the road.
  • Finley's only other victory at Edison Field this season was a 2-1 decision against Minnesota on June 2.

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