Red Sox fail to hold lead, fall to Angels 14-13 in extra innings

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Red Sox fail to hold lead, fall to Angels 14-13 in extra innings

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.

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

BOSTON -- Twins rookie lefty Adalberto Mejia is feeling more comfortable each time he takes the mound.

Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and Minnesota rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

"He did a nice job," Twins manager Paul Molitor said about Mejia. "He had to kind of battle. It's kind of becoming a little bit of his MO to burn through pitches, but similarly to his last start, he kept walking off the field with zeros."

Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.

Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one in his 11th career start. On Friday night at Cleveland, he held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.

"I feel calmer every time I'm out there," he said through a translator. "I think that's why I did better."

Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. It was his 14th straight start going at least six innings, the AL's longest active streak.

"It's not like they're beating the cover off the ball," Porcello said. "It's just a couple things here and there that I've got to clean up. I'm not making excuses for myself. I definitely hold myself accountable for the loss tonight."

Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in the dugout after serving a one-game suspension Tuesday for poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an argument Saturday.

The Red Sox stranded 11 baserunners, and at least one in every inning. Farrell thought his team may have been pressing a bit.

"I thought there were times we might have expanded the strike zone a little bit, trying to make something happen," he said.

With Minnesota leading 2-0 in the sixth, Kepler lined his homer off the back of Boston's bullpen.

In the first, the Twins scored a pair of two-out runs when Sano hit his RBI double down the third-base line and scored on Kepler's broken-bat single.

Xander Bogaerts drove in Boston's run with a bases-loaded grounder in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: LHP Glen Perkins resumed throwing Tuesday after a setback last week following offseason shoulder surgery. Molitor said the club is still formulating a plan for him. He's been sidelined all season and pitched in just two games last year.

Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight game after getting hit by a pitch on the left knee Sunday. "He'll go through a full workday today," Farrell said. "He's feeling improved."

MATCHES OWN RECORD

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia played his 98th consecutive error-less game, matching the best mark in club history he set for a second baseman from 2009-10.

LOOKS FAMILIAR

This season has started like 2015 for Porcello, the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner.

Two years ago when he struggled badly, the righty lost nine of his initial 13 decisions and finished 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

ROSTER MOVE

Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes was activated from the 10-day disabled list and LHP Craig Breslow was put on with rib cage soreness.

Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a "dead feeling" in his pitching shoulder on May 21. He allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances in Triple-A.

Molitor plans to use him out of the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 6.23 ERA) looks to continue his success in Fenway Park in the series finale Thursday. He's allowed only one run over 15 innings in two career starts.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-2, 4.76) has won his last five decisions against Minnesota, posting a 1.84 ERA.