Mike Trout and the Angels took all four games against the Red Sox. (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox swept in 4-game series by Angels, fall 9 games back in AL East

Ryan Hannable
July 20, 2015 - 8:41 pm
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It was a four-game series to forget for the Red Sox. Capped off by Monday night's 7-3 loss in the nightcap of the doubleheader, the Red Sox were swept in the four-game series by the Angels and were outscored 22-4 in the four games. The Red Sox have now dropped five straight games overall and have fallen nine games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Also over the four games, the Angels hit nine homers compared to the Red Sox' one and the Angels starters had a collective ERA of 0.93, compared to the Red Sox' 7.23. The team is tied with the Mariners for the worst record in the American League. Knuckleballer Steven Wright got the start for the Red Sox and couldn't shutdown the red-hot Angels offense. Albert Pujols and Mike Trout led the Angels attack with Pujols homering twice and Trout adding one of his own. Overall, the pair finished 3-for-6 with three home runs and five runs scored in the game. The Angels scored four runs in the third inning against Wright, which was the biggest difference in the game and all the runs came with two outs. Wright finished the night going five innings, allowing six runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out three. Thanks to David Ortiz, the Red Sox wouldn't get shutout for the third game of the series. Ortiz crushed a two-run home run in the sixth inning to get the Red Sox on the board. The Sox added another in the eighth on a Xander Bogaerts sacrifice fly and threatened for more, but Hanley Ramirez grounded into a fielder's choice with runners on first and third to end the inning. Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia struggled at the top of the order in the series, as the pair went a combined 0-for-30 over the four games. Angels prospect Andrew Heaney kept the Red Sox offense in check, as the lefty went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while not walking a batter and striking out four. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- Although it was just one bad inning for Wright, the Red Sox needed the right-hander to be better as they looked to snap the losing skid. The six runs allowed were a career-high. -- Ogando allowed a solo homer to Pujols in the seventh inning. He's allowed four home runs in his last three appearances and six runs. -- Besides grounding out in the eighth, Ramirez finished 0-for-4 in the game and finished 0-for-14 in the series. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Ortiz crushed a two-run home run in the sixth inning. It was his 16th of the season and ended a four-game homerless drought for the team, which was the longest of the season. -- Mike Napoli went 2-for-3. He collected three hits in the two games on Monday.

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