Eduardo Rodriguez couldn't escape the second inning Monday. (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox do everything wrong and get crushed by Angels

DJ Bean
July 20, 2015 - 4:13 pm
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It'€™s easy to get blown out when you don'€™t pitch well, field well or score runs. The Sox proved that Monday as they dropped the first game of their double-header with the Angels by an 11-1 score. The loss dropped them to 42-50 on the season. Powered by a seven-run second inning, the Angels took advantage of Boston'€™s mistakes early and chased starter Eduardo Rodriguez before he could record his sixth out. The Red Sox never made a dent offensively, squandering a fourth-inning bases-loaded opportunity in a game (and series) in which they could have used any offense they could get. The disastrous second inning saw all seven runs charged to Rodriguez, though his collapse was aided by a lapse in left field by Hanley Ramirez. With Los Angeles holding a 1-0 lead with runners on first and second, Ramirez misjudged a ball to left by No. 9 hitter Daniel Robertson. The ball sailed over his head as a result, scoring C.J. Cron. Johnny Giavotella drove in both Chris Iannetta and Robertson on the next pitch, making it 4-0. The collective lack of execution seemingly got to Rodriguez at that point, as he then served up homers to two of the next three batters before being pulled with two out in the inning. Monday'€™s game marked the first loss for Rodriguez in nearly a month, as he had earned victories in two of his three starts entering the contest. Unlike the Sox, the Angels didn'€™t have to worry about their starting pitching (or any pitching, for that matter). Starter Hector Santiago held the Sox to just one run over his five innings of work and was followed up by strong work from Los Angeles'€™ bullpen. The Sox will try to avoid a series sweep when they send Steven Wright to the mound Monday night against Andrew Heaney. Player of the game: Sure, he gave up eight hits, but 10 strikeouts and one run (earned) over five innings was a nice way for Santiago to thank his teammates for the run support. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX - The Sox have just one run to show for their last 27 innings of work. Mike Napoli was the hero on Monday, singling in the fourth inning to drive in David Ortiz. - Speaking of that fourth inning, that was the Sox'€™ best shot at making it a game. Down by six at the time, Boston had the bases loaded with one down against Santiago. Nothing would come of it, as Santiago struck out Ryan Hanigan and Mookie Betts in succession to escape the inning. - Ramirez wasn'€™t the only one who turned in a costly play in the field, as the left side of the field in general was fair game for players trying to reach base. Pablo Sandoval couldn'€™t secure a hard ground ball from Albert Pujols with two out in the bottom of the fourth. That play allowed Kole Calhoun to advance to third. The next two batters drove in runs (Erick Aybar with a one-run single and David Freese with a three-run homer). WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX - Ben Cherington'€™s phone must be ringing off the hook after Napoli'€™s RBI, unless the other general managers saw the veteran first baseman'€™s three strikeouts. - The Sox did manage nine hits on the day, but they didn't make much out of their eight against Santiago. They had only one hit over the last four innings.

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