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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 23:03

Boston Red Sox: Angels Beat Sox 4-3 As Uehara Blows It

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With the game tied at 3 going to the 9th, Koji Uehara gave up back-to-back doubles and a run as the Red Sox fall to their third straight loss. 

Where's the home cooking? No such thing in 2014. With two straight home losses, Boston falls to 29-35 at home. This is one more loss at home than on the road. Not right, eh? 

After winning four out of five games, the BoSox have now lost four of the last five. 

In a game the Red Sox battled back in, Koji Uehara gave up a run in back-to-back outings for the first time this year, ultimately leading to the 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. 

It is Boston's 24th one run loss this season. Just another punch in the gut in a season full of 'em. 

Feel-Good Night And Quick Start For Boston 

Tonight marked the first night of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, to raise money for cancer. At games end, over 1.1 million dollars had already been raised and the telethon runs through Wednesday. 

To keep the good feeling in the air, David Ortiz cranked his 29th homer of the year and his 4th career dinger off Angels starter Jered Weaver in the first inning to the opposite field to give Boston a 1-0 lead. This was a good start for the Sox against Weaver, who is 4-6 against Boston, the only team in the AL that Weaver has a losing record against.

 Game-Changing Moment: Kole Calhoun

In the second inning, the Red Sox tried to continue the good feeling with some more runs. 

Mookie Betts started off the action with a two-out double to left. Christian Vazquez walked following Betts' hit, which brought up Brock Holt. 

Holt ripped a towering fly ball to right field and it looked like it was surely a 3-run homer. Unfortunately for Boston, Kole Calhoun timed his leap perfectly and robbed Holt with a spectacular catch.

Calhoun Continues His Tear Against The Sox

After collecting six hits in the three game series versus Boston a week and a half ago and robbing Holt of a big homer, Calhoun was right back at it in the third. 

After Chris Iannetta doubled to deep center, Calhoun came up and hit an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at one. The game slipped away from Webster following the hit. 

Mike Trout ripped a ball off the Monster scoreboard that bounced high in the air. He motored his way around the bases and ended up with an easy RBI triple to give the Angeles a 2-1 lead. Next batter, Albert Pujols, initially ruled out on a great play by Will Middlebrooks, but it was overturned and an RBI single was granted to Pujols, a 3-1 Angel lead. 

Sox Battle Back In 5th And 6th

Pedroia singled and Ortiz walked with one out in the fifth, bringing up Mike Napoli. He got the Sox back to 3-2 with an RBI groundout. Weaver got out of further trouble, retiring Kelly Johnson with runners on first and third. 

The Sox were right back at it in the sixth as they knocked Weaver out of the game with one out in the inning. Bogaerts and Vazquez walked and singled to bring up Holt with first and third and one out. Holt hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three. 

Weaver was not on his game and threw 109 pitches in 5.1 innings. 

Weaver's Line: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K

Webster With First 1-2-3 Inning In 6th

Allen Webster got three consecutive groundouts in the sixth to finish his night, as he controlled his walks and kept the Sox right in the game. 

He left the game with the game tied at three, picking up a no decision. 

Webster's Line: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Bullpens Strong in Later Innings

Alex Wilson took over for Webster in the seventh inning. After pitching 2.1 perfect innings on Saturday, Wilson picked up where he left off with 2 perfect innings tonight. This included retiring Trout, Pujols, and Josh Hamilton. After moving up and down from AAA, it looks like Wilson may be here to stay. 

Between the 5th and 9th innings, the Red Sox retired 13 straight batters.

Like Boston, Angels pitchers retired 8 straight after Weaver left the game. Jason Grilli, Fernando Salas and Joe Smith combined for 2.2 innings of hitless ball. 

This good bullpen effort kept the game tied at three until the 9th. 

Koji Blows It, Street Saves It

Uehara got two quick outs in the ninth, retiring Erick Aybar and David Freese. Brennan Boesch hit next and ripped a ground rule double to the triangle in center. Luckily for Boston, it went into the crowd, because it would have been a triple otherwise. 

Iannetta hit next and also roped a ball off the Monster, just out of the reach of Nava, scoring the go-ahead run. Uehara jumped and couldn't believe that the ball was hit as hard as it was. 

Angels closer Huston Street came in for the bottom half, coming off a blown save in his last outing, giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. 

Yoenis Cespedes pinch hit for Vazquez in the ninth, as he had the night off to this point. Cespedes, in his first career pinch hit, singled to left to start it off for Boston. 

Holt sacrificed his 12-game hit streak, bunting to move Cespedes to second. Pedroia struck out for the second out. 

Ortiz was intentionally walked after Street threw one ball to him. Napoli struck out swinging to end the ballgame and secure the victory for Los Angeles. Another case of close but no cigar for Boston. 

Notes

Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-his-last-19 after an 0-for-3 effort tonight.  Middlebrooks left the game in the sixth inning after experiencing right hamstring tightness after running to first base. This was slightly after his beautiful play on Pujols, the call that was reversed. Middlebrooks is day-to-day according to John Farrell.  Betts showed promise and failure in the outfield tonight. He made a nice catch in the second inning and turned a double play at first, and then later on in the fourth, he misread a ball and attempted a ridiculous dive where he missed the ball and Freese picked up a triple. He's no JBJ, but he is learning outfield quickly.  David Ross is going to be activated from the DL on Wednesday.  In AAA, Anthony Ranaudo threw 6 shutout innings, and Jackie Bradley Jr. was 2-for-5 tonight.  These two teams get back at it on Wednesday with Clay Buchholz (5-7) facing Garrett Richards (13-4) at 7:10. 
Jess Thomas

Jess Thomas is the Red Sox Beat Team Manager and a member of the Boston Celtics beat team for CLNS Radio. Jess is a co-host on CLNS Radio's Red Sox Beat Podcast as well as a contributor to Celtics Postgame Shows.

Jess currently is a Celtics Production Assistant at the official home of Boston Celtics telecasts, Comcast Sports Net New England.

Jess also currently writes for the MetroWest Daily News.

Previously, Jess was General Manager for Framingham State University's radio station, WJDM 91.3 FM, as well as sports editor for FSU's newspaper, the Gatepost.

Prior to joining CLNS Radio, Jess was an intern at CSNNE as well as WCVB.

Jess is a 2014 graduate of Framingham State University, with a degree in Communication Arts.

You can follow Jess on Twitter @CLNS_JessSayin