Holy smokes: Angels beat Sox at Fenway, 5-3

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Holy smokes: Angels beat Sox at Fenway, 5-3

The Red Sox' offense, apparently, has gone on summer vacation.

For the eighth time in the last 11 games, the Sox were limited to three runs or fewer as the team suffered its fifth loss in the last seven games, a 5-3 setback to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Sox had some late inning chances but stranded three baserunners in the last three innings.

Starter Aaron Cook was rocked for all five Angels runs over the first five innings, allowing 11 hits along the way.

His own throwing error -- his second in as many games -- led to the first run in the third. Five straight singles in the fourth led to two more and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run blast over everything for one of the longest homers at Fenway this season.

Snapping a homerless streak that had lasted almost a month, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his 21st of the season into the seats in right to put the Sox on the board in the sixth.

A Wall double by Scott Podsednik followed by a ground ball and a wild pitch by reliever Jordan Walden let to another run for the Sox in the seventh.

Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

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Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

NEW YORK -- With the postseason just over a week away, it didn't appear that Drew Pomeranz was going to be part of the Red Sox' starting rotation.

On Tuesday, that became official.

Pomeranz was scratched from his last scheduled start of the regular season Thursday with some soreness in his forearm. Henry Owens will take his turn against the Yankees.

"He's come out of this last start (in Tampa Bay) a little bit more sore,'' said John Farrell. "There's been a need for additinal recovery time (and there's also) the total number of innings pitched. There's a number of factors.

"The forearm area is where he's experiencing some discomfort. He needs a few extra days. So combined with his career high in innings pitched (169.1), we're backing him out of his last start.''

Farrell emphasized that Pomeranz hadn't been shut down for the season, but did say that if the lefty pitched again, it would be out of the bullpen.

"We need to get him back on a mound,'' Farrell said, "hopefully by the end of the week to determine what role he'll have in the bullpen going forward.''

The fact that the Red Sox were a win -- or a Toronto loss -- away from clinching the division and have the luxury of being careful didn't have an impact on the decision to hold him out.

"You always put the player's health at the forefront,'' said Farrell. "Is this increased risk with the higher number of innings, or additional needed recovery time? You factor those in. This is independent of the standings.''

Pomeranz appeared to have been squeezed out of playoff rotation, with the four spots going to Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz.

In 13 starts, Pomeranz was 3-5 with a 4.68 ERA with the Red Sox after being obtained in a July trade with San Diego.

Two weeks ago, the Padres were disciplined for not fully disclosing all the necessary medical information with the Red Sox leading up to the deal, with GM A.J. Preller suspended for 30 days without pay.

It's unclear whether this injury is at all related to info the Padres withheld from the Red Sox.

"I can't really comment on that,'' Farrell said. "I do know what the player needs is some additional time. What's attached to that previously, I really don't have the specifics.''