The Boston Red Sox dropped another close game on Tuesday night. Closer Koji Uehara gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bead the Red Sox 4-3 to take the first two games of a four-game series.
It was another quality start by Allen Webster, who settled down after giving up three runs in the top of the third inning. The right-hander worked six innings and really showed progress in his ability to bounce back. The Angels got on the board with an RBI single by Kole Calhoun followed by RBIs by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to put the Angels up 3-1. The three runs came after a solo home run by David Ortiz put the Sox up 1-0.
Webster was able to get control of his fastball after that and retired nine of the next 12 batters he faced. After the game, Webster attributed his ability to settle down in games to confidence. He said, “I’ve just got to keep telling myself to trust my stuff. Let them put the ball in play.” That strategy worked for Webster, but again, the Red Sox offense had trouble putting runs on the board.
Angels’ starter Jared Weaver kept the home team at bay despite giving up the first inning homer to Big Papi. The Red Sox went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. They were able to get a run in the fifth inning on a groundout by Mike Napoli scored Dustin Pedroia to trim the lead to 3-2. Boston finally tied the score in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Brock Holt. Overall Weaver allowed just the three runs on sevens hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson relieved Webster and was able to pitch two perfect innings before giving way to the usually reliable Koji Uehara. Unfortunately it wasn’t his night as he gave up a ninth-inning RBI double to Angels’ catcher Chris Iannetta to give the Angels a 4-3 lead and eventual victory. Although Webster got the no-decision, Red Sox manager John Farrell was still encouraged by the outing. He said, “When he’s right like for the vast majority of tonight, put the ball on the ground, ground balls. It’s good to see him continue to back up outings in a positive way and build some momentum and I’m sure some confidence in his own right.”