Wade Miley allowed one hit through seven innings Friday night. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox doomed by Mike Trout walk-off homer

Rob Bradford
July 17, 2015 - 8:36 pm
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ANAHEIM -- This just in: Mike Trout is really, really good. Trout deposited an 0-1 fastball from Koji Uehara over the center field with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Angels a 1-0 win over the Red Sox Friday night at Angel Stadium. With the one swing of the bat, the Red Sox now find themselves 7 1/2 games out of first-place in the American League East thanks to the Yankees' 4-3 win over Seattle. "I was trying to go a little bit more outside than that pitch," said Uehara, who threw back-to-back fastballs to Trout. The Angels' star slugger came into the game 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against Uehara. "I was trying to go way outside," said Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. "If you saw where I set up, it was three or four inches off. It just kind of came back." It was the first home run allowed by Uehara since May 19, with the closer not having allowed a run in his previous 10 outings. Prior to Trout, it was Wade Miley who was the game's headliner. The Sox starter carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, having thrown 84 pitches. To that point he had only allowed one baserunner, walking Chris Iannetta with one out in the sixth. But Miley's big moment was ruined when Kole Calhoun jumped on a 90 mph, first-pitch fastball to lead off the seventh, finding the center field wall for a double and the hosts' first hit. "Trying to go down and just left it up a little bit," Miley said. "I thought he was going to get it," said Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli of the Sox' pitcher vying for the no-hitter. To Miley's credit, he kept his composure and got out of a tricky situation later in the frame. Calhoun had reached third after a Mike Trout sacrifice fly, but a pop up to shallow right field by Albert Pujols would be followed with Erick Aybar's inning-ending ground out to shortstop. (The inning-ending play was made possible by Xander Bogaerts' fine execution of the grounder in the third base-shortstop hole.) "That'€™s a play he doesn'€™t make a year ago," said Farrell of Bogaerts' back-handed stab. "To preserve a scoreless tie to end the seventh inning, he ranges far to his right to get a speedy runner by a good step, that'€™s an outstanding major-league play." Miley would finish his outing having gone seven innings and one batter, being replaced by reliever Junichi Tazawa after the starter issued a leadoff walk in the eighth inning to David Freese. He ended up throwing 101 pitches, striking out six. The outing marked just the second start in Miley's career he allowed only one hit, having held the Marlins to the same offensive output April 29, 2012. Against the Angels this season, the lefty has allowed just one run on five hits over 15 innings. "We had a plan, it was a little unconventional but the lineup'€™s tough so we'€™ve got to create some things, read their swings and see what they'€™re trying to do," Hanigan said. "We were able to be one step ahead. And he executed, obviously. "We threw five, six changeups in a row at one point. Three or four heaters in in a row. I was going off what I thought they were looking for, what they were trying to do. It was fun." While Miley was dominating, the Red Sox were finding moderate success against Angels starter C.J. Wilson, managing at least one baserunner in each of the lefty's eight innings. But the Sox never could mount any serious threats against Wilson, who didn't allow any runner to reach third. "Wade was outstanding," Farrell said. "That was a well-played game, and unfortunately we come up on the wrong side of a 1-0 score. He was aggressive. He threw a lot of strikes. There were some at-bats he got behind in the count but found a way to get back to salvage an at-bat. He makes a big pitch a couple of times on 3-2 counts. He was very good. But like I said, a well-played game and unfortunately we come up on the short end."

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