Aceves blows save in return as Sox lose to Angels, 6-5

Aceves blows save in return as Sox lose to Angels, 6-5
August 29, 2012, 5:24 am
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ANAHEIM -- On Friday night, Alfredo Aceves exploded in anger when he wasn't brought in for a ninth-inning save situation and his behavior led to a three-game suspension.

Tuesday night, Aceves got the call, and this time, it was likely that Red Sox fans were the ones getting angry.

Brought in for a six-out save with Andrew Bailey unavailable, Aceves retired the side in order in the eighth, but allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth, handing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim a 6-5 walkoff win.

After Aceves hit Erick Aybar with one out and walked No. 9 hitter Alberto Callaspo to put the go-ahead run on base, rookie sensation Mike Trout singled home the tying run and Torii Hunter followed with a game-winning sacrifice fly to center.

For Aceves, it was his third blown save in his last two appearances. Last Thursday, he twice blew leads as the Sox lost to the Angels at Fenway.

Clay Buchholz went seven innings and contributed a far better start than he delivered last week at Fenway against the same team. After being rocked for a season-high seven runs last week, Buchholz limited the Angels to four Tuesday night.

Buchholz allowed the first three hitters of the night to reach and two of them to score, but then retired 16 of the next 17 before the Angels reached him for two more in the sixth.

The Sox used four singles and a walk in the fourth to score three times in the fourth. A solo homer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a sacrifice fly from Ryan Lavarnway closed out the scoring.

STAR OF THE GAME: Mike Trout
The rookie sensation homered on the second pitch in the first inning, then fought off an inside fastball in the ninth to single home the tying run. Is there anything he can't do?

HONORABLE MENTION: Albert Pujols
Pujols singled in the first, setting up the second Angels' run, then bashed a solo homer to center in the sixth, accounting for two of the Angels' seven hits.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Alfredo Aceves
Handed a six-out save opportunity, Aceves breezed through the eighth in 1-2-3 fashion, but got into trouble quickly in the ninth with a one-out hit batsman followed by a walk to the No. 9 hitter. It wasn't long before Aceves had blown another save -- his eighth of the season.

TURNING POINT: When Aceves plunked Erick Aybar to put the potential tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth, you had the feeling this wouldn't end well for the Sox. And it didn't.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Angels have won three times this season when trailing after eight innings and two of those wins have come against the Red Sox in the last week.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "There wasn't much choice. I don't know what else I could have done.'' Bobby Valentine on using Alfredo Aceves for the final six outs.