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

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

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.

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot