BOSTON – The Red Sox had scored two runs against Angels ace Garrett Richards before the right-hander left with a knee injury with two outs in the bottom of the second. They held a three-run lead after three innings. And still lost to the Angels, 8-3, at Fenway Park.
The Sox have lost four straight and five of their last six games.
Clay Buchholz took the loss, falling to 5-8, as his ERA increased from 5.79 to 5.94. He went six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Leading 3-1 going into the fifth inning, the Angels batted around against Buchholz, scoring five runs on three hits and two walks. Buchholz allowed the first four batters to reach base – base hit, walk, base hit, run-scoring walk – before he could record an out.
In 1 2/3 innings, Richards gave up two runs on five hits and walk. He left after a suffering a left knee patellar injury in the second.
Cory Rasmus took over for Richards, going 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run on one hit with no walks and a strikeout. The only run he gave up was David Ortiz’s home run leading off the third. It was his 30th home run of the season.
Ortiz went 4-for-4 before Alex Hassan pinch-hit for him in the ninth.
The Angels scored single runs in the seventh off Burke Badenhop and in the ninth off Craig Breslow.
The Sox went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 runners on base.
MVP: Josh Hamilton
Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and three RBI.
GOAT: Clay Buchholz
Staked to a three-run lead after three innings, Buchholz couldn’t hold it. He gave up a run in the fourth, and five in the fifth, as the Angels batted around.
He fell to 5-8, losing his third straight decision. He has not won since July 18 against the Royals, seven starts ago. He has allowed at least five runs in four of his last six starts since July 23, with a 2.05 ERA over the span, giving up 29 earned runs in 37 innings.
Angels ace Garrett Richards appeared to suffer a devastating knee injury in the bottom of the second. The Angels announced later in the game it was an injury to his left knee patellar, but the extent would not be known until further tests are done.
NUMBERS TO KNOW:
David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with a home run, his 30th of the season. He has now hit at least 30 home runs in eight seasons, all since joining the Sox in 2003, matching Ted Williams for most in team history. He reached the mark in his 120th game, the earliest in a season he has done so since 2006, when he got there in his 84th game. He has hit 30 home runs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since he reached that mark in five straight seasons from 2003-07…Yoenis Cespedes drove in the Sox first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the first. He has 13 RBI over his last 12 games since Aug. 8…Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to five games…Xander Bogaerts’ eighth-inning single snapped an 0-for-21 stretch… Allen Craig continued his rehab assignment with Pawtucket, going 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in his second rehab game.
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Sox have lost four in a row and five of their last six games since Aug. 15. Over their last four games they have hit just 2-for-39 with runners in scoring position, leaving 41 runners on base. Since May 4, 2011, the Sox are 5-15 against the Angels. In 16 games before that, the Sox were 15-1.
The Sox will try to avoid a sweep of their four-game series with the Angels on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. at Fenway. It is the last game of the season between them.
Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (4-4, 3.79) is scheduled to start, opposed by right-hander Matt Shoemaker (11-4, 3.84).
De La Rosa faced the Angels on Aug. 10 at Anaheim, earning the win, giving up one run on five hits and three walks with eight strikeouts over seven innings. Over his last five starts he is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA, giving up 18 runs, 17 earned, in 27 innings.
Shoemaker will be making his 22nd appearance, 15th start, of the season. This will be his second appearance against the Sox. He earned the win on Aug. 9 with three perfect innigs of relief in the 19-inning game. In his last start, Saturday at Texas, he got the win, giving up two earned runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.