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STL@LAA: Hamilton's two-run shot ties game at 5

While Josh Hamilton hit sixth in the Angels' batting order on Friday night against the Red Sox, don't expect him to stay there.

When Red Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster takes the hill Saturday in Anaheim, Hamilton will likely be moved back up to fourth.

"We want Josh to continue to get comfortable and against righties, he will be back up there," said Halos manager Mike Scioscia.

Hamilton's batting average dipped to .207 back on June 23, but he's turned it around since, bringing his average up to .227 thanks to a 10-game hit streak. During that span, Hamilton has hit .382 (13-for-34) with one home run and six RBIs.

Hamilton owns a career .319 average against Boston with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 43 RBIs in 47 games.

The Angels will need that kind of offensive firepower against a potent Red Sox lineup that had 13 hits in Friday's 6-2 win and averages five runs per road game, the second-highest rate in the American League.

Boston, which leads the Majors with 312 extra-base hits this season, including 23 triples and 198 doubles, has won nine of its last 10 games.

"We have our own challenges, but this has been a very good offensive team from the start of the year," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "It's a collective effort. It's not the result of three or four guys in the lineup. It's a deep lineup, one through nine.

"We've shown the ability to work counts deep, to drive up pitch counts, to get into some bullpens and to run the bases aggressively. We might not be known as a home-run-hitting team, but it's a diverse offense."

Red Sox: Drew placed on DL
Shortstop Stephen Drew was placed on the disabled list Friday with a right hamstring strain. Right-hander Jose De La Torre was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his roster spot.

The move is retroactive to June 29, making Drew eligible to return on July 14, the day before the All-Star break.

"It's getting better every day," Drew said. "It's just it's not quite there. I've been doing stuff on the field, feeling better, it's just -- it's almost been a week of doing drills, and I was doing everything I could to try to come back before trying to go on the DL. It just makes more sense just to let it heal up. That way when I'm out there, it doesn't come back."

• As one of Boston's most reliable pitchers this season, Dempster (5-8, 4.11 ERA) has five quality starts in his last six outings and hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a start since May 23.

Angels: Williams set to start Saturday
Right-hander Jerome Williams will take the ball in the second game of the Angels three-game set against the Red Sox on Saturday.

That's a quick turnaround for Williams, who gave up seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

He only threw 55 pitches -- 45 of which came in a second inning he didn't finish -- and believes he'll be ready to pitch on two days' rest.

"I'm just going to go out there and throw," said Williams, 5-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 21 games (10 starts) this season. "That's my job. I did it numerous times in Taiwan, independent ball. Whatever they need me to do to help, I'll do it."

Worth noting
• Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos, on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist, will not travel with the Angels on the upcoming road trip. Instead, Bourjos will travel to Arizona to continue his recovery process.

• Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will continue his throwing program over the weekend and if all goes well, he could pitch in a Minor League rehab game on July 14. Comments