BOSTON — This certainly won’t go down as a good day for the Boston Red Sox.
After losing in the 13th inning in the early hours of Thursday morning, the Red Sox didn’t bounce back well and had a lackluster showing as they were shut out by the Los Angeles Angels 11-0 later Thursday afternoon.
Two losses on the same day — just a little over 12 hours apart.
Boston left a base uncovered that led to an easy double early for the Angels, managed just three hits in the first six innings and fell behind 9-0 en route to its second shutout in five days.
Coming into the day, the pitching had been solid, but that wasn’t the case as John Lackey (2-4) gave up eight runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings.
Boston’s pitchers hadn’t allowed an opponent to score more than five runs in the previous 18 games, but the Angels racked up nine runs and 13 hits in the first five innings.
“I definitely think there’s a sense of me needing to pitch well to get some momentum going, for sure,” Lackey said. “If I would have pitched better early on, I think guys might have found a little more energy.”
Lackey had allowed two runs or less in his last three starts. He held the Angels scoreless over eight innings to help Boston complete a four-game sweep against them in Anaheim on April 24.
“We made a few mistakes. They just came out swinging today, knowing that we had to throw strikes and go deep (to save our bullpen),” Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. “We just missed with some pitches.”
And they missed on the bases, too.
Trailing 9-0 in the fifth, David Ortiz, who went 3 for 3, tried to stretch a single and was out easily at second. That came after Peter Bourjos blooped a single to center and raced into second when the base was left uncovered in the top of the fifth. He eventually raced to third on the play after colliding with third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who came to cover second and had the ball roll away.
The Red Sox looked as if they weren’t awake.
“It’s not ideal, but both teams had to do it,” Saltalamacchia said. “We just forget about this one, turn the page and get on to tomorrow.”
Rookie Mark Trumbo hit his sixth homer of the season and the Los Angeles Angels salvaged a series split at Boston, racking up 18 hits.
Bobby Abreu, who won Wednesday’s game that ended at 2:45 a.m. Thursday with a two-run single, drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which was 0-6 against Boston entering the four-game series.
After ending the skid in a rain-delayed 5-3 win that lasted 5 hours with a 2 hour, 35 minute rain delay, the Angels chased Lackey in the fifth.
Joel Pineiro (1-0) got his first win of the season, holding Boston to three hits over 5 2-3 innings. Relievers Rich Thompson and Francisco Rodriguez preserved the shutout and the Angels prevented the Red Sox from getting a runner past second.
The Angels put together three-run innings in the third, fourth and fifth and became the fourth team to shut out Boston this season. The Red Sox fell to 3-4 during an 11-game homestand, which continues Friday night against Minnesota.
For the second time since an 0-6 start, the Red Sox got within one win of .500 and lost the next two. Boston ran out of relief pitchers during the rain-delayed loss that stretched several hours into Thursday, then couldn’t hit when the afternoon game began.
The Angels had no such problems at the plate, coming up just one short of their season high for hits set against Kansas City on April 3. It was way more offense than Pineiro needed as he kept the Sox scoreless for 5 2-3 innings, striking out two and walking four.
Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 with a single in the eighth inning as Boston strung together a few late hits long after they needed them.
Lackey trailed 3-0 and was up to 62 pitches by the time he got out of the third inning — then threw 29 more in the fourth, allowing five straight singles with two outs. Bourjos, Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick and Abreu hit consecutive singles to center, and Torii Hunter broke the streak with a single to right, which drove in Kendrick for the third run of the inning.
Vernon Wells led off the fifth for the Angels with a single and stole second, which proved unnecessary when Trumbo drove a 2-2 pitch into the Green Monster seats.
That was all for Lackey, who was booed loudly as he slowly walked to the dugout. Scott Atchison, recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day, came in from the bullpen.
The Angels added another run when Bourjos doubled, went to third on a throwing error and scored on Aybar’s infield single.
Boston didn’t get a hit until Carl Crawford lined a ball off of Pineiro for an infield single with one out in the fourth, but the inning ended quickly and quietly. Youkilis struck out and Crawford grounded into a double play.
NOTES: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia got his first day off, one day after going 0 for 6 and striking out four times. … A fan was kicked out in the fifth inning for grabbing a live ball hit by Jed Lowrie to the deepest part of center field. The ball bounced and may have been a ground-rule double even without the interference. … Boston put relievers Bobby Jenks (strained right biceps) and Dan Wheeler (strained left calf) on the 15-day DL and called up Atchison and LHP Rich Hill from Pawtucket.