Cook: 'We lost it because I made an error'

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Cook: 'We lost it because I made an error'

BALTIMORE Outings dont get more bipolar for a starting pitcher than it did for Aaron Cook and the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
The veteran right-hander was working quickly and his sinker diving through five innings, and hadnt given up a single hit while slicing and dicing the Baltimore Orioles lineup. But just as beautifully as things had gone for Cook in the first five frames, they went horribly awry for him in the sixth on his way to a 5-3 loss to the Os at Camden Yards.
Cook was the first to put himself squarely in the crosshairs for blame in defeat.
His stuff was so good that only three of his 71 pitches was something other than a sinking fastball, but that didnt matter in the sixth.
I cost us the game. Its a play Ive made over a hundred times. I didnt get my feet set. I had plenty of time and I just yanked it, said Cook, who has walked six batters in his last two outings after walking only four batters over the previous eight games. It was just a bad throw. I cant let that happen. I need to set my feet, take my time and make a good throw so we can get out of that inning.
The trouble started pretty harmlessly with a one-out walk, and then J.J. Hardy broke up the no-hitting with a single to left field. A Nate McLouth single to right field scored a run and finally seemed to wake the Baltimore offensive from their five innings stupor. But it was the next play that changed the face of the game.
Adam Jones smacked a grounder right through the box and Cook gloved it as he sprang off the mound. The right-hander had his plant foot slip slightly as he released the ball and uncorked a wildly errant throw to the left of the second base bag that ended up in center field.
Aaron really pitched well for the five innings and was really fielding his position, said Bobby Valentine. He just didnt make a play in that inning, and Oh Lordy we didnt turn the double play. He gives up a double and the next thing you know were down a couple of runs.
Were in the dugout if Cook makes the play. It looks like he might have slipped a little on the mound when he threw the ball to second.
Instead of a double play that could have ended the inning, the tying run scored and the Os kept their rally alive.
Matt Wieters followed with a ground-rule double to left field that Carl Crawford appeared to get a late jump toward, and that was it for Cook. A Mark Reynolds double over Crawfords head when he failed to get his hands up to attempt a catch scored two more of Cooks inherited runners, and he went from a no-hitter to five runs allowed in the span of a 13 of an inning.
That is a dizzyingly fast turnaround.
We should have been out of there with one run allowed and high-fiving each other right now, said Cook. I feel awful. Were trying to win games and we should have won. We lost it because I made an error.
Give Cook credit for fully absorbing the brunt of the blame, and setting an example in defeat for a number of teammates routinely looking to escape blame when things go bad. Unfortunately good things dont always happen even when things are being done the right kind of way.

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Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

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BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Angels benefited from a fairly-new rule and relied on an old-fashioned type save to beat the Boston Red Sox.

Parker Bridwell pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings and Los Angeles scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Bridwell (2-0) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without issuing a walk.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.

"I don't care if it's old-fashioned or it's cutting edge, we need them," Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We need guys to hold leads. Most closers are primarily the one-inning guys that are in that bubble."

Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which won two of three against the Red Sox for its fifth series win in the last six.

Doug Fister (0-1) lost his Red Sox debut, giving up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He was signed by Boston on Friday after being released by the Angels.

Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight at Fenway Park after winning 10 of the previous 12. Boston remained tied with New York atop the AL East.

Bridwell was Fister's teammate at Triple-A Salt Lake before he was let go.

"That's weird," Bridwell said. "I was in the same clubhouse with him a week-and-a-half ago or whatever and we were talking pitching. I was asking him certain things he did along the game, and the next thing you know we're starting against each other on the big-league level."

After the challenge overturned Danny Espinosa's 3-6-3 double play, Los Angeles got to Fister.

"That's modern-day baseball," Scioscia said.

Fister was pleased by his first start with Boston, and 200th of his career.

"Overall, it wasn't a bad day," he said. "They just put together some timely hits and took advantage of well-placed baseballs. That's what good clubs do and that's what they did today."

Espinosa was credited with a fielder's choice and RBI after the review. Cowart followed with an RBI double and Juan Gratetrol had a run-scoring single.

"He's a bang-bang play from a scoreless outing," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Moreland homered over the Angels' bullpen in the bottom half. Bradley Jr. hit his into the center-field bleachers in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Scioscia said LHP Tyler Skaggs was scratched from a scheduled rehab start in the Arizona League on Saturday night with soreness in his oblique and abdominal area.

Red Sox: Farrell said ace lefty David Price has a middle finger-nail issue on his pitching hand, but "is expected" to make his next scheduled start. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, on the 10-day DL with a right knee subluxation, will make a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Thursday after he felt fine following a 68-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

ROSTER MOVE

The Angels recalled infielder Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake before the game and optioned RHP Eduardo Paredes there before the game.

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

The Red Sox put a message on the center-field board, wishing NESN analyst Jerry Remy: "Best of Luck, Jerry, on your surgery tomorrow!"

The crowd gave him a huge ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard. The popular former Red Sox second baseman (1978-84) waved.

He is being treated for cancer for the fifth time.

NICE PERFORMANCE

Nine-year-old Shea Braceland from Westfield, Mass., got a long and loud ovation when she completed a flawless rendition of the national anthem.

UP NEXT

Angels: Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23 ERA) is set to face Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73) when the teams open a two-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday. Nolasco has lost his last seven decisions.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (9-3, 2.85) is in line to work against Minnesota RHP Jose Berrios (7-1, 2.67) when the teams open a four-game series in Fenway Monday. Sale leads the majors with 146 strikeouts.