Reid Nichols went four for four with a homer, two doubles and two RBI and Bob Stanley pitched 6 2/3 innings of two-hit shutout relief last night in Boston as the Red Sox beat the California Angels, 8-2.

Wade Boggs also drove in two runs for the Red Sox.

Stanley walked one and struck out three in lowering his ERA to 1.11 and boosting his record to 3-2. He has won or saved seven of the Red Sox' last 10 victories. In his last 21 2/3 innings, covering nine games, Stanley has allowed just one unearned run and 14 hits.

"I'm eating it up," he said of his outstanding start, "particularly when you have a six-run lead and mostly right-handers up there."

Boston scored all its runs in the first three innings, seven off Tommy John (2-2). Tony Armas' triple knocked in Dwight Evans in the first and the Red Sox added three more runs in the second on an RBI double by Glenn Hoffman, a sacrifice fly by Jerry Remy and a wild pitch.

John faced only three batters in the third and did not retire any of them. He walked Jim Rice and gave up singles to Armas and Boggs. Dave Goltz then was called in to face Nichols, who hit his second homer.