BOSTON For a short time Thursday night, it appeared as though the Red Sox had somehow found a way to overcome what was arguably the single ugliest inning of their season to beat the Angels. Instead, that eight-run third inning was just part of one of the ugliest games in what has been a very ugly season for the Red Sox.The Sox fell to the Angels, 14-13, in 10 innings, suffering the three-game sweep. The Sox have lost four in a row and seven of their last nine.With the loss, they fall to seven games below .500 at 59-66, matching their low point of the season, on May 10.Alfredo Aceves took the loss, and was also charged with his seventh blown save of the season. With the Sox leading by two runs going into the ninth, Aceves gave up three runs. The Sox got a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, but Aceves came back out to start the 10th and gave up two more runs. Aceves went one inning (plus two batters in the 10th), giving up five runs on six hits and a walk with one strikeout and two home runs.The Sox used eight pitchers in the game. Andrew Bailey, making his Fenway debut, was also charged with a blown save.The Sox took a six-run lead into the third inning, but gave it all up and then some. After scoring a run in the first and five in the second capped by Dustin Pedroias three-run home run left-hander Franklin Morales entered the third inning, leading 6-0. Morales couldnt get out of the inning, though.The Angels sent 13 batters to the plate in the third. Eight of them scored a season-high runs allowed in one inning by the Red Sox on seven hits (one shy of a season-high for one inning), three walks, and an error.The Sox needed three pitchers to get through the inning. Morales faced eight batters, but could only record two outs. Clayton Mortensen faced four batters without recording an out. Junichi Tazawa needed just one pitch to get Howie Kendrick to ground out, ending the inning. Mercifully.Morales went 2 23 innings, giving up six runs (just two earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Mortensen faced four batters, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk.But the Sox scored a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, including a solo home run by Mike Aviles, taking a 9-8 lead.But in the seventh, Bailey gave up a run, getting charged with a blown save, as the Angels tied the game.The Sox again took the lead in the eighth. With two outs, Jacoby Ellsbury's single to right scored Scott Podsednik, who singled, sending Pedro Ciriaco, who also singled, to third. Pedroias chopper toward third base scored Ciriaco.Ernesto Frieri pitched the final two innings for the Angels. He earned the win, but was also charged with a blown save after giving up a home run to Cody Ross leading off the ninth to tie the score.The Sox added a run in bottom of the 10th, when Ciriaco singled, went to second on defensive indifference and scored on Pedroias single to right. It was Pedroias fifth RBI of the game.Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson started the game. He went five innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits (no walks), with six strikeouts and a home run. He is winless in his last 11 starts, going 0-5.
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