Strong start from Lackey for not, Red Sox shutout by Angels

After a crushing extra inning loss Saturday night, many wondered how the Red Sox would bounce back and despite a strong outing from starter John Lackey, the Red Sox could not give him any run support and ultimately fell 3-0 to the Angels Sunday night. The Angels took two of three over the weekend from the Sox.

Lackey went seven innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out nine. As has been the case with many Red Sox pitchers, the long ball has been a problem. The right-hander allowed the two runs on solo homers from Mike Trumbo in the first and Hank Conger in the fifth. Junichi Tazawa relieved Lackey in the eighth and allowed a run while only recording two outs. Alfredo Aceves came on for the final out in the inning.

Angels starter Jared Weaver shut the Red Sox bats down over 6 2/3 innings allowing no runs on five hits. Angel relievers pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the win. The Red Sox finished with five hits, including Jacoby Ellsbury who was able to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. They finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and for the first time in 14 games the team failed to record nine or more hits.

The Red Sox will continue their 10-game road trip with a four-game series with Seattle. Jon Lester will get the ball tomorrow night (10:10, NESN) and the Mariners will counter with Felix Hernandez.

What they’ll be saying: After the Red Sox appeared to be well on their way to their sixth straight win, they allowed four runs in the ninth and then fell in 11 innings last night before being shutout Sunday night for their second straight loss. Monday’s game against the Mariners now becomes even more important as the Sox need to get back on the winning track … Unfortunately for the Lackey, the team wasted another terrific start and he took his sixth loss of the season. Lackey has put his name right with Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz as the best on the staff as he has now gone five straight starts of seven or more innings and allowing two runs or less.


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