Red Sox drop sixth straight to Angels, lose 5-2


Red Sox drop sixth straight to Angels, lose 5-2

ANAHEIM -- If the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are going to reach the post-season this October, they'll have to do it without any further help from the Red Sox. The Sox suffered their sixth straight loss to the Angels Thursday night, 5-2, to complete the Angels' second sweep in the last week. Los Angeles also took three in a row at Fenway from Aug. 21-23. The two teams don't meet again this season. For the third straight game, the Angels scored multiple runs in the first inning, with Albert Pujols smacking a two-run double to left. After a solo run in the second, the Angels used four straight hits off Jon Lester (8-11) in the fourth to add to their lead. A sacrifice fly by Mike Aviles in the second and a fourth-inning solo homer from James Loney accounted for the only two runs of the night for the Sox, who fell to 9-19. Zack Greinke went seven innings and earned his third win for the Angels since being obtained from Milwaukee in late July. The loss signaled the first time in franchise history that the Red Sox have been swept in a season series of at least six games against any opponent.

STAR OF THE GAME: Zack Greinke Since coming to the Angels a month ago, Greinke had been pretty mediocre before Thursday night. Then, he pitched seven innings and limited the Sox to two runs in picking up his third win since the trade.
HONORABLE MENTION: Albert PujolsPujols doubled home two runs in the first, giving the Angels a lead three batters in. He then singled in the third and came around to score as the Angels enjoyed another two-run inning.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Jon LesterThough he registered his third complete game of the season, Lester saw his modest three-game winning streak come to an end, charged with five runs over eight innings.
TURNING POINT: In the third inning, the Angels pieced together four straight hits to score twice. They would add just one more over the final five innings, but they had all they would need to compete the sweep of the Sox.
BY THE NUMBERS: First baseman James Loney became the first Red Sox player in 17 years to collect at least one RBI in each of his first four games with the team. Matt Stairs was the last player to do so, in 1995.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "When you face teams like this that you don't face a lot, you have to minimize the damage early and I just didn't do that.'' -- Jon Lester.

Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello has ability to adjust


Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello has ability to adjust

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-0 win over the Yankees:


"He threw all four pitches tonight for strikes, but most importantly, (he's shown) the ability to make adjustments from pitch-to-pitch. If he gets out of whack or misses with a pitch, he's right back in the strike zone.'' - John Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"You look back at the first month and I think we've gained a lot of trust in each other up and down the lineup. That to me is the strongest attribute right now on this team.'' - Farrell on the Red Sox after one month of play.

"Pretty similar. I'm getting a lot of timely hits, and it's helping the team.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr., asked if this last week is similar to the hot streak he enjoyed last August.

"I'm comfortable. I'm in a good place, mentally and physically. I worked really hard to get where I am now and I'm going to continue to work.'' – Bradley on his hot streak.

"Much better fastball command. I've been able to execute my sinker better and that's allowed me to get ahead of hitters and if I do fall behind, I've been able to come back.'' - Porcello on cutting his walk rate by more than half compared to this point a year ago.


* The shutout at Fenway was the first for the Red Sox against the Yankees since May 14, 2011.

* The eight-run margin was the biggest margin in a Red Sox shutout over the Yankees since Sept. 6, 2003 when they won 11-0 in New York.

* The four triples in April for Jackie Bradley Jr. are the most for a Red Sox hitter in that month since Jose Offerman in 1999.

* In his last nine games against the Yankees, Bradley is 14-for-31 (.452) with nine extra-base hits.

* Rick Porcello's 5-0 start to the season is the best run for a Red Sox starter since Josh Beckett was 7-0 in 2007.

* The Yankees have failed to homer in seven games this season; they're 0-7 in those games.


1) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley had three extra-base hits (two triples and a double) for eight total bases, and knocked in three runs.

2) Rick Porcello

The Red Sox starter tossed seven shutout innings and allowed only two baserunners into scoring position while issuing just one walk.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts had a double in the second and a single in the sixth, good for three RBI, a season high for him.

First impressions from Red Sox' 8-0 win over Yankees: Bradley on a tear


First impressions from Red Sox' 8-0 win over Yankees: Bradley on a tear

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-0 win over the Yankees:

* Rick Porcello doesn't seem like a weak link in the rotation now.

Porcello blanked the Yankees for seven innings and is now 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA for the season. For the fourth time in five outings, he pitched into the seventh innings.

The Yankees threatened only once - in the fifth, when they had runners at the corners and two out. But Porcello got Jacoby Ellsbury to ground out, stranding two and was never in trouble again.

Porcello's command is improved over a year ago. In his first five starts last year, covering 30 innings, he walked 10. This year, he's pitched 32 2/3 innings and issued just five walks.

* Jackie Bradley is swinging it like he did last August.

Bradley went on an extra-base tear late last summer, rocketing doubles, triples and homers for a stretch of a few weeks that was completely unexpected.

The last week has been like that stretch, with seven extra-base hits in the last seven games. He knocked in the first run of the night with a double to left, then delivered another in the sixth with a triple to the triangle and two more in the seventh with a triple into the right field corner.

In the two games against the Yankees, he's got four extra-base hits, a walk and five RBI.

* David Ortiz has started 20 games this season. He's knocked in 19 runs.

Ortiz added his second homer in as many nights, to go along with a single and walk.

It's doubtful that he's going to keep up his RBI-per-game pace, but when he's locked in the way he is now, he impacts virtually the entire lineup from the cleanup position.

* If you think Pablo Sandoval was bad, maybe you haven't been watching Chase Headley.

The Yankee third baseman was a free agent the same winter that Sandoval was and some argued that he would have been a better fit for the Sox than was Panda.

But 22 games into the 2016 season, Headley has yet to collect a single base hit and has an OPS of .405. He's hitting .153 and has virtually no range to speak of at third base.

* A lot has changed for Junichi Tazawa.

A year ago, Tazawa was overworked in the first half of the season. On Saturday night, he got an inning of work in the ninth in a blowout game because he hadn't pitched since last Sunday -- thanks to strong starting efforts from the rotation over the past two series.