Rough 5th inning dooms Sox in 8-3 loss to Angels

Rough 5th inning dooms Sox in 8-3 loss to Angels
August 20, 2014, 11:00 pm
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BOSTON - Things looked good for the Red Sox offense and Clay Buchholz early on Wednesday night. As it turned out, it was too good to be true.

The Sox put the first three runs of the game on the board in the first three innings, but the Angels answered back in a five-run fifth inning on their way to an 8-3 win.

Buchholz got off to a strong start for the Sox, allowing just one single through the first three innings.

The Angels got a run off Buchholz in the fourth inning, but they saved their best for the fifth when Buchholz ran into serious trouble.

After loading the bases, Buchholz walked the Angels leadoff hitter Kole Calhoun to score their second run of the game. Next, Mike Trout hit a shallow fly ball to right field that Daniel Nava misplayed as it fell in front of him. That scored another as Calhoun was thrown out at second base. 

Then it was Albert Pujols' turn to drive in a run, advancing to second base on the throw from Nava. Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly to center scored Trout as Mookie Betts' throw was just late getting to the plate. Howie Kendrick then singled to right that scored Pujols, and the Angels had a 6-3 lead on the Sox.

Buchholz's night was done after the sixth, as he allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches, 64 for strikes. 

The Sox got things started in the first inning when both Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz singled to right. Yoenis Cespedes then hit a sacrifice fly to score Pedroia.

In the second inning, it was David Ross who singled in Kelly Johnson. With two men on and one out, the Sox couldn't do any more damage as Brock Holt grounded into a fielder's choice and Pedroia struck out swinging.

David Ortiz was up to his old tricks in the 3rd inning, hitting his 30th home run of the season. It's the eighth season he's hit 30-plus home runs, tying him for first on the Red Sox with Ted Williams.

Ortiz had four hits on the night, his third consecutive game reaching base four times.

While the Angels earned the win Wednesday night, it came at a very steep price.

Their ace, Garrett Richards, was carted off the field in the second inning after his left knee buckled on his way to cover first base. 

Richards crumbled to the ground in pain and it was later announced that he had a left knee patellar injury.

It didn't look good.

The Angels bullpen picked the team up though, as six relievers combined to allow just one run the rest of the way.