BOSTON - One by one the Red Sox put men on base . . . and then stranded them there.
Boston stranded 12 runners on Monday night - including one in the 9th inning - falling to the Angels in the first game of a four-game set, 4-2.
The Red Sox put at least one man on base in eight of nine innings, and multiple men on in five of those innings.
With one out and the bases loaded in the 6th inning, down 2-1, Dustin Pedroia grounded into the 6-4-3 double-play to end the threat.
They also put two on with no outs in the 9th with the heart of the order due up, but could only get one across the plate.
It was just one of those nights for the offense.
It was also one of those nights on the mound for Junichi Tazawa.
Tazawa came on in relief of Brandon Workman in the 7th inning, and things went south quickly.
After an 11-pitch walk to the No. 9 hitter Chris Iannetta, Kole Calhoun doubled to center field to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Mike Trout struck out before Albert Pujols was intentionally walked to load the bases.
The bold decision looked like it was going to pay off, as the next batter Howie Kendrick grounded back to Tazawa. But Tazawa couldn't field the ball cleanly, and then threw erratically to Christian Vazquez at home. Iannetta scored, and as the ball got away from Vazquez, Calhoun came around to score, too.
Tazawa was charged with two errors on the play.
Workman had a strong night for the Sox despite getting the loss. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches, 59 for strikes.
Brock Holt, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Vazquez all had two hits apiece for the Red Sox, who actually out-hit the Angels, 9-7. Ortiz also drew two of the Red Sox six walks on the night, but he struck out in the 9th with two men on.
Mike Trout had two hits for the Angels, including an RBI double in the 3rd inning.