Rapid Reaction: Angels 5, Red Sox 3

August, 21, 2012
8/21/12
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox began their seven-game homestand at Fenway Park in a similar fashion as they ended their recent road trip -- with a loss.

The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Red Sox, 5-3, leaving Boston with nine losses in its last 13 games. The Sox are 6-13 this month.

Boston starter Aaron Cook lasted only five innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He tossed 85 pitches (55 for strikes). The right-hander has allowed five or more runs in five of his last six starts.

Los Angeles pushed one run across in the top of the third, and added two more in the fourth before Mark Trumbo absolutely crushed a two-run homer over the left-center-field wall for a 5-0 advantage.

After Cook was done, Red Sox reliever Clayton Mortensen worked two scoreless innings and struck out three, while Boston’s offense was able to push three runs across, thanks in part to Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth.

Scott Podsednik provided a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh, reached third on an infield ground out and scored on a wild pitch to give Boston its third run.

A PINCH OF SALT: It had been a while since Saltalamacchia has tasted a home run (July 27 to be exact) but he ran into one in the bottom of the sixth, his 21st of the season.

DICE-K REHAB: Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka made his fifth rehab start for the PawSox on Tuesday night and worked seven scoreless innings (he faced two batters in the eighth inning), allowing only one hit with four walks and seven strikeouts. He tossed 102 pitches (59 for strikes) against the Rochester Red Wings at McCoy Stadium. Matsuzaka could be activated and ready to start for the Red Sox on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway.

UP NEXT: The Red Sox will have their best starter of the season, Clay Buchholz (11-3, 4.19 ERA), on the mound Wednesday against the Angels’ Jered Weaver (15-3, 2.74). Buchholz has a career 5-2 record with a 3.95 ERA against the Angels in seven starts. At Fenway Park, he’s 4-1 with a 3.98 ERA in five starts against the Angels.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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