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Red Sox extra bases: Angels sweep Sox behind Matt Shoemaker’s one-hitter

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim completed a four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park. A strong pitching performance by Rubby De La Rosa was overshadowed by a near no-hitter by Angels rookie pitcher Matt Shoemaker as the Angels won the series finale 2-0.

The Angels jumped out 1-0 in the first despite an outstanding defensive play by Yoenis Cespedes. The outfielder threw out a runner at the plate to end the first inning, but not before the Angels scored on an RBI double by Josh Hamilton that scored Kole Calhoun. The only other offense didn’t come till the seventh inning when a sacrifice fly off the bat of Calhoun drove De La Rosa from the game.

Overall it was an encouraging performance by the Sox young pitcher. He worked 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight. He only allowed the two runs on eight hits but still suffered the loss because of the strong pitching of Shoemaker. The rookie pitcher held the anemic Sox offense hitless until the bottom of the seventh inning where Will Middlebrooks broke up Shoemaker’s bid for a no-hitter with two outs. He allowed the one hit over 7 2/3 innings of shut out baseball. He struck out nine and walked only one in the impressive 2-0 victory.

Despite the loss, Red Sox manager John Farrell spoke highly of his young right-hander. He said after the game, “I thought he settled in. He was really strong early on. He pitched well enough to win on most nights tonight.”

It was tough luck for De La Rosa as the offense was held at bay. It also didn’t help that Cespedes left the game in the fourth to tend to a family medical emergency. Middlebrooks, who took his place in the lineup, was ironically the one who broke up the no-hit bid. The Red Sox have now lost five straight games and will start a weekend series against the Seattle Mariners starting on Friday night.