Wolf stymies Red Sox offense

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Wolf stymies Red Sox offense

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON - On Friday the Boston Red Sox overcame an early deficit and fought back for a six-run win over the Milwaukee Brewers. On Saturday, their comeback ended in the second inning - and the game ended in a 4-2 loss.

After Jon Lester gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart in the first inning, the Red Sox scored two runs of their own off RBI by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Cameron to tie the game in the second. But the Brewers responded with another pair of runs in the third (George Kottaras HR, Casey McGehee RBI), but the Red Sox failed to answer.

Even though Lester (9-3, 3.70 ERA) held the Brewers scoreless for the rest of the night, the Red Sox could not retaliate against strong pitching by Randy Wolf (5-4, 3.15 ERA).

Terry Francona noted Wolfs fastball and deception, among other facets of his game. Adrian Gonzalez, who entered the game hitting 6-for-17 against Wolf in his career, noticed the Brewers pitcher had made changes in his approach that kept the Red Sox batters off balance.

We got those two runs early but Wolfy kept making pitches and we werent able to take advantage of the times we did get guys on base, said Gonzalez (0-4). He did his job today. Jonny threw a great game and unfortunately we werent able to get more runs for him.

Unlike Fridays game, in which the Red Sox scored 10 runs off 14 hits, they scored only two runs off nine on Saturday. And unlike Fridays game, when they Red Sox batters helped John Lackey out of an early two-run deficit, they were not able to do the same for Lester.

"You can sit back and say there were some positives, with the way it started it could have been a lot worse, said Lester. Just tried to minimize the damage and keep the guys in the game. Obviously with the way we've been swinging the bat lately, I thought for sure if I just kept them where they were at, we'd have a chance. But you've got to tip your hat to Randy Wolf tonight. He threw the ball better than I did. And that's the main thing - you've got to outpitch the other guy, and he did that tonight."

The loss was frustrating for the Red Sox, but after losing just two of their last 14 games, they are confident they can turn it around.

Wed been swinging the bat really well. Thats what was frustrating to go out there and get some pitches to hit just not be able to put anything together, said Saltalamachhia. But it happens. You cant really complain when you win 12 out of 14 or whatever were at right now. Just got to look forward to tomorrow.

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Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

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Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.00 with Boston) makes his return to the west coast in his first road start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty is coming off a six-inning start where he gave up two runs, but was on the wrong end of a 4-2 contest against the Tigers.

The Angels answer with Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28). He shut out Boston for six innings on 7/2 -- the same day the Red Sox staff gave up 21 runs.

The lineups:

RED SOX

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C

Drew Pomeranz LHP

ANGELS
Yunel Escobar 3B
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jett Bandy C
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Gregorio Petit LF
Shane Robinson RF

Hector Santiago LHP

Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

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Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

Though the chances are slim the Red Sox and White Sox make a blockbuster trade before the MLB trade deadline, Chicago is at least sending resources to Boston's minor league affiliates to scout their prospects.

ESPN Boston's Scott Lauber first reported Friday the White Sox were scouting Double-A Portland (home of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), but Ken Rosenthal adds they were also at their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates.

Though one would assume the Red Sox are seeking prospects for a potential return on Chris Sale, Rosenthal thinks it could be "for reasons other than Sale" and that some believe the White Sox are "simply laying groundwork for off-season trade."

Stay tuned for more.

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:

QUOTES

* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.

NOTES

* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.

STARS

1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.