How about some consistency?

The Red Sox allowed nine runs in the fifth inning as the Angels rolled to a series-opening win. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Red Sox allowed nine runs in the fifth inning as the Angels rolled to a series-opening win. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

How about some consistency?

After the Red Sox scored one run or less in four of their last six games and came in averaging 2.34 runs per game in the month of May, they finally had a good offensive night, scoring five runs, but it wasn’t enough as they couldn’t continue their string of strong games from the mound, as the Angels took the first game of the weekend series, 12-5.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello just didn’t have it. He couldn’t control any of his pitches and the Angels made him pay, especially in the fifth — a half inning that lasted over 37 minutes, and saw three pitchers combine for 46 pitches and nine runs.

Porcello walked the first two batters, and then Mike Trout singled to short left on a ball that barely got by Brock Holt at third, but a second run scored when Xander Bogaerts tried to get Johnny Giavotella at third base and the throw went against the Angels dugout. Albert Pujols then grounded out, but Trout would steal third on a tremendous slide, eluding Holt’s tag (he was ruled safe after a video review). Kole Calhoun then singled to score Trout and David Freese doubled scoring the fourth run of the inning, which was Porcello’s departure.

Matt Barnes came in relief and was even worse. He walked the first batter he faced and then allowed a three-run homer to Chris Iannetta. Marc Krauss then hit a routine fly ball to right field that Rusney Castillo, in his first major league game of the season, dropped. Two batters later Erick Aybar hit a two-run homer sending Barnes to the showers.

Robbie Ross Jr. then came on and after a harmless Trout single retired the next two batters to mercifully end the inning. It was their worst inning of the season as their previous high in an inning was seven — when Clay Buchholz allowed seven in the first against the Yankees on April 12.

Adding insult to injury (literally), Hanley Ramirez left the game in the sixth, two innings after taking a pitch off the hand. The Red Sox announced he left because of left hand soreness. Every Red Sox starter recorded a hit, besides Ramirez.

For Porcello it was his shortest outing of the season, as his fine line was 4 1/3 innings, seven runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out four.

Trailing 11-3 going into the seventh, the Red Sox showed some fight scoring two runs, forcing Angels starter Garrett Richards from the game, and could have scored even more if it weren’t for Daniel Nava hitting into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.

The Red Sox have now lost four of their last five games and fall to 8-12 at home this year.

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Here’s what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Although Porcello had been “The Stopper” in the early going this season, he couldn’t help end the Sox’ two-game losing streak. His poor performance ended a streak of eight straight games where the Red Sox starter had gone at least five innings and allowed two earned runs or less.

— In relief of Porcello, Barnes allowed four runs (two earned) and a home run in just 1/3 inning. Prior to Friday he had gone four straight outings, five innings, without allowing a run.

— The Red Sox didn’t play very well behind their pitchers, committing three errors. Bogaerts had two at shortstop, as he went 56 games without one, but has three in the last two games. Castillo had the other when he dropped a routine fly in the fifth.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Mike Napoli hit his second home run this week, a mammoth shot over the Monster, which actually gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the second inning. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk.

Dustin Pedroia finished 3-for-5 with an RBI. He has now hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games against the Angels.

— Robbie Ross Jr. went 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, while allowing just one hit. It was his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 14.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox may have another injury to deal with.

After being hit by a pitch on the hand in the fourth inning, Hanley Ramirez left the game before the bottom of the sixth with left hand soreness. The Red Sox were losing 11-3 at the time.

The Red Sox may have another injury to deal with.

After being hit by a pitch on the hand in the fourth inning, Hanley Ramirez left the game before the bottom of the sixth with left hand soreness. The Red Sox were losing 11-3 at the time.

Ramirez is currently hitting .259 with 10 homers this season.

The left fielder missed four games two weeks ago with a shoulder injury after running into the left field wall at Fenway.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

The Red Sox are looking for a spark offensively as they come into their weekend series with the Angels averaging only 2.32 runs per game in 19 games during the month of May.

Looking to create one, the team has called up outfielder Rusney Castillo, who will play right field and bat eighth. They also moved Xander Bogaerts out of the No. 8 spot in the order up to No. 5.

Pablo Sandoval remains out because of his knee after being hit by a pitch Tuesday and Brock Holt will once again play third base, as the Red Sox go against Angels left-hander Garrett Richards. As a team the Red Sox are batting .198 against left-handed pitching this year.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here. For a series preview, click here.

Here’s the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Mike Napoli, 1B
Brock Holt, 3B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Blake Swihart, C
Rick Porcello, RHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On Thursday the Red Sox were hopeful to get both Pablo Sandoval and Shane Victorino back Friday, but unfortunately for them, both remain out of the lineup.

On Thursday the Red Sox were hopeful to get both Pablo Sandoval and Shane Victorino back Friday, but unfortunately for them, both remain out of the lineup.

After being a late scratch with “general soreness” mostly in the left calf Thursday, Victorino remains out of the lineup Friday. He went 2-for-2 as a pinch-hitter Tuesday.

“He’s day-to-day, that’s the best I can tell you right now,” manager John Farrell said.

“We don’t anticipate this being a long-term situation,” Farrell added. “Hopefully he’s back to us soon because he was swinging the bat well.”

Also on Friday the Red Sox added outfielder Rusney Castillo and sent down Jackie Bradley. Even prior to the injury this week, Farrell said he sat down with Victorino to explain he would now be at least partially sharing right field with Castillo as well as Daniel Nava and Brock Holt.

“There’s a scenario that I have already sat and met with [Victorino] prior to the calf injury with Rusney’s arrival there was going to be a rotation with Rusney between both right field and center field,” said Farrell. “That wasn’t going to put [Victorino] on the bench by any means. When [Victorino] is fully capable that will take place, that rotation.”

Sandoval (knee) was expected back at third base Friday, but after pregame work taking ground balls, running, etc. it was determined he would miss his third straight game after being hit by a pitch in the knee Tuesday night.

“He doesn’t feel like he’s ready to go,” said Farrell. “There’s limitation to the range, there’s limitation to him being able to plant that left leg to execute a strong throw. Baserunning was going to be limited. All that added up to him needing more time.”

Brock Holt will take the place of Sandoval once again at third.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On Friday the Red Sox recalled outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket, and optioned back Jackie Bradley.

Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington

On Friday the Red Sox recalled outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket, and optioned back Jackie Bradley.

Castillo started the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, and suffered a shoulder injury the first weekend of the season. He got back with Pawtucket April 29 and started 0-for-11, but over his last 10 games there he was hitting .302 with two homers and seven RBIs, with hits in his last four games, including two, three-hit games.

After a few days of paternity leave earlier in the week, the outfielder returned to play for Pawtucket Thursday night before being promoted Friday.

“I think when we came out of spring training, we really felt like everything that he had done to that point, including last year, but also, spring training, had just confirmed for us the reasons why we signed him in the first place and that was because we felt and still feel that he is going to be a very good major league player and help us,” general manager Ben Cherington said to WEEI.com prior to Friday’s game.

“At the end of spring training we made a decision to give some other guys some opportunity first and then there was sort of a side benefit that it was going to allow him to go and play every day professionally — it was the one thing he hadn’t done yet because of his circumstance last year. And then he got hurt and missed two weeks, whatever it was, so that was a little bit of a speed bump. We had to get him back and get him back playing. Then he had a baby, so he missed a couple of days this week.

“We’ve always felt he’s a major league player and capable of helping us. We wanted to get him on some kind of roll, comfortable, get his timing and all that stuff. Hopefully that has mostly happened in Pawtucket and no he’s here. We’re trying to create the deepest lineup we can with the guys we have on a given night and we felt like he could be part of that. Now it’s up to John [Farrell] and how he is going to write the lineups out with these guys. I am sure he will get a chance to play, as I am sure other guys will play. He brings a lot — he can play defense, he can run, he has power. Hopefully he’s another piece to hopefully extending our lineup a little bit and building a deep lineup and make things a little tougher on the pitcher.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Rusney Castillo wants Red Sox fans to understand one thing: he’s no savior.