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


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.

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?

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.

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.