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.

Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

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Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

BOSTON - Brian Johnson had quite a turnaround in his second time on Fenway Park's mound.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

The 26-year-old left-hander became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

"The last time I walked off the mound here was 2012 and I made two pitches," Johnson said. "Today I went nine innings. Today was pretty cool."

Johnson left Triple-A for a little over a month last season to get treatment for an anxiety issue.

"Obviously with some stuff that I've been gone through in my career, it's an awesome feeling" he said.

But despite the stellar outing, Johnson was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

"That's the reality of the game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We had a chance to congratulate him and yet option him back to Pawtucket, with David Price coming here Monday."

Brought up from the minors for the start, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. His only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

"Their guy threw the ball over the plate. He threw strikes," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I won't take anything away from what he did, but we're not swinging the bat very well."

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

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Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

BOSTON - Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Brought up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. The 26-year-old left-hander's only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHPs Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez, both on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, threw bullpen sessions. Hernandez said he "felt really good."... LHP James Paxton (strained forearm) is set to come off the DL and pitch at home Wednesday.

Red Sox: Pedroia was back at second base after getting Friday off to rest his sore left knee and not play on a wet field. He was hit by a pitch on the right forearm his first time up and went 1 for 3. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the DL with a sprained right knee, was expected to play nine innings Saturday night in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell didn't rule out that he could be activated next week.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (1-2, 6.30 ERA) gave up 10 runs and 14 hits over four innings in a 10-1 loss Tuesday at Washington.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.35) has gone at least six innings in eight of nine starts.