The Red Sox dropped the rubber match of a three-game set versus the Angels Wednesday evening, 5-4, to cap off their six-game west-coast road trip. They end their journey going 3-3 against the A’s and Halos.

Eduardo Rodriguez was pummeled with softly-hit, bloop singles. Angels’ broadcaster Matt Vasgersian said the Halos were “trashing statcast” with how many soft hits the Angels were getting.

The Angels would jump out to the early 2-0 lead from Jared Walsh’s RBI groundout and Phil Gosselin’s RBI single. The Red Sox would go hitless off Los Angeles’s starter Andrew Heaney through the first three innings, but would get on the board on the fifth after Bobby Dalbec and Alex Verdugo struck RBI hits to knot it up at 2-2.

But the Angels had an answer, as Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh swatted back-to-back homers to make it 4-2 in the fifth. That ended E-Rod’s day as he went five innings allowing four runs on nine hits, setting down five on strikes while not walking anybody. The lefty tossed 87 pitches (62 strikes), 29 four-seam fastballs, 23 changeups, 14 cutters, 13 sinkers, and eight sliders.

Boston would score again in the sixth, as Christian Arroyo drove in Xander Bogaerts with an RBI single. Darwinzon Hernandez would surrender a solo big fly off Jared Walsh for his second homer of the game in the seventh for the Halos’ fifth run of the contest.

J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts hit back-to-back extra-base hits to lead off the eighth inning to put the Red Sox within one, but Mike Mayers and Raisel Iglesias together, struck out the next six men they faced in order to capture the 5-4 win.

Hirokazu Sawamura, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Garrett Whitlock eached pitched an inning out of the bullpen, with Hernandez allowing the only run the pen allowed.

Controversial double-play in sixth inning:

With runners on first and second in the top of the sixth inning, Christian Vazquez hit a ground ball to second baseman David Fletcher. From the looks of it, shortstop Jose Iglesias never touched second base when Fletcher tossed him the ball before he turned the double play.

But after both a replay review and a challenge from Boston, the umpires’ call was upheld, which retired the side. If it was overturned, the Red Sox would’ve had two runners in scoring position with two outs and Bobby Dalbec up at the plate, in a one-run ballgame.

Notes:

  • Boston falls to 54-34 on the year
  • Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single
  • Christian Arroyo notched two singles going 2-for-4
  • Eduardo Rodriguez suffered his fifth loss of the season, making his record 6-5 on the year

(Photo of Eduardo Rodriguez/John Cordes/Getty Images)

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