One bad throw ruined what was supposed to be a momentum-turning night for the Red Sox.

David Price turned in an ace-like performance Thursday night. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

David Price turned in an ace-like performance Thursday night. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

One bad throw ruined what was supposed to be a momentum-turning night for the Red Sox.

With one out and the bases-loaded in the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Daniel Nava grounded what should have been a game-ending double play to first baseman Hanley Ramirez. But the Sox infielder’s throw home sailed over the head of catcher Sandy Leon, allowing two runs to score, handing the Angels a walk-off, 2-1 win over the Red Sox at Angel Stadium.

It marked the first time this season the Red Sox have lost four games in a row.

The ninth-inning collapse came against Red Sox closer Brad Ziegler. The reliever had been immediately greeted by back-to-back singles from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Then, after three failed bunt attempts by pinch-hitter Carlos Perez, Andrelton Simmons loaded the bases with a base-hit to center.

It spoiled what had been one David Price’s best outings with the Red Sox, with the lefty pitching eight shutout innings, striking out seven while scattering seven singles. He threw 109 pitches.

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Closing Time note

With his first-inning single, Dustin Pedroia extended his streak of reaching base to 31 games.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Leon made things happen in the third inning. The catcher led things off with single, and then moved to third with an aggressive baserunning play on Brock Holt’s base-hit to right field. The extra base resulted in the game’s first run, with Leon scoring on Mookie Betts’ sacrifice fly to left field.

– Overaggressiveness once again caught up to Angels manager Mike Scioscia, this time in the form of Jefry Marte getting caught stealing third base for the second out of the fifth inning. It seemed like an odd stolen base attempt considering Los Angeles had runners on first and second with one out, down by just a run. As it turned out, the play was followed with base hits from Gregorio Petit and Johnny Giavotella to load the bases. Price would escape thanks to an inning-ending ground out to shortstop by Yunel Escobar.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– There were some instances where Angels’ starter Jered Weaver’s velocity-free style flummoxed Red Sox hitters.

– The Red Sox couldn’t do much damage against Weaver, who came into the game with a 5.32 ERA. THe soft-throwing righty only gave up a run over 5 2/3 innings, with JC Ramirez protecting his line by inducing a deep fly out to left by Ramirez with a pair of Weaver’s runners on in the sixth inning.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ANAHEIM, Calif. — There hasn’t been many retirement gifts given to David Ortiz that have truly stood out. And the Angels’ offering of a portrait before Thursday night’s game at Angel Stadium pretty much continued the trend.

But the Angels’ presentation did prove to be somewhat unique thanks to outfielder Mike Trout …

ANAHEIM, Calif. — There hasn’t been many retirement gifts given to David Ortiz that have truly stood out. And the Angels’ offering of a portrait before Thursday night’s game at Angel Stadium pretty much continued the trend.

But the Angels’ presentation did prove to be somewhat unique thanks to outfielder Mike Trout …

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It seemed like a distinctively strong stance by Red Sox manager John Farrell when he said on the Red Sox radio broadcast’s pregame show Wednesday afternoon that he might have to consider scratching Steven Wright if the elements were a factor.

John Farrell and Steven Wright continue to try and find a solution to the pitcher's problems with the elements. (David Butler/USA Today Images)

John Farrell and Steven Wright continue to try and find a solution to the pitcher’s problems with the elements. (David Butler/USA Today Images)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It seemed like a distinctively strong stance by Red Sox manager John Farrell when he said on the Red Sox radio broadcast’s pregame show Wednesday afternoon that he might have to consider scratching Steven Wright if the elements were a factor. (Click here for the comment, which can be heard at the 2:08 mark.)

But, according to Farrell Thursday, that was never really considered.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to get through 90 degrees,” the Sox manager said prior to his team’s series opener against the Angels. “I’m not being critical. I’m being obvious. Realize that resin creates a sticky feeling in the hand and that it has an adverse effect on the consistency of the knuckleball. But your rotation is set up as it is, every fifth day. I don’t know that we can go through and look at the weather and forecast if we’re going to change the rotation. That’s not likely.”

In most of Wright’s subpar starts, the elements have seemingly played a role, with the knuckleballer struggling to deal with any kind of moisture on his hands and forearms.

Wright has taken some precautions to manage the issue, applying an over-the-counter combination of glycerin and rosewater to help dry his hands.

Farrell also surfaced another solution: sleeves.

“To me, we talked about it the other day, to wear long sleeves and keep the sweat from running down the back of his hands,” he said. “We see him many times trying to wipe it off, trying to do what he can to maintain the consistency to the feel. I don’t know if there’s any other talc or any other drying adhesive, or drying ointment. It’s not legalized.”

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Rob Bradford

ANAHEIM, Calif. — With right-hander Jered Weaver on the mound for the Angels, and David Price getting the start for the Red Sox, Sandy Leon is back behind the plate for the visitors at Angel Stadium Thursday night.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup in the first of what will be a stretch of 43 games in 44 days:

ANAHEIM, Calif. — With right-hander Jered Weaver on the mound for the Angels, and David Price getting the start for the Red Sox, Sandy Leon is back behind the plate for the visitors at Angel Stadium Thursday night.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup in the first of what will be a stretch of 43 games in 44 days:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt LF

For all the matchups, click here.

Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 1B, Bradley Jr. CF, Shaw 3B, Leon C, Holt LF, Price LHP.

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Rob Bradford

It makes sense for the Red Sox to ask about Wade Davis.

The 30-year-old closer is actually what the Sox need, another game-ender to go along with Brad Ziegler and Craig Kimbrel. (We still can’t really target a return date for Koji Uehara.) Davis has been dominating once again this season, managing a 1.60 ERA while going 21 for 23 in save chances.

Wade Davis

Wade Davis

It makes sense for the Red Sox to ask about Wade Davis.

The 30-year-old closer is actually what the Sox need, another game-ender to go along with Brad Ziegler and Craig Kimbrel. (We still can’t really target a return date for Koji Uehara.) Davis has been dominating once again this season, managing a 1.60 ERA while going 21 for 23 in save chances.

But according to a source, unless the Royals have a change of heart, the asking price is such that no deal is going to get done.

Kansas City is looking for two centerpiece-type players for Davis who can help their major league team no later than next season.

While the Royals are teetering on exiting the postseason conversation, entering Thursday with a 49-51 record (6 1/2 games out of the last Wild Card spot), Kansas City still is prioritizing a window that may be closing after the 2017 season.

Davis has one more team option for next season, which would play him $10 million. He is currently making $8 million for 2016.

GammonsDaily.com reported that the Red Sox have been scouting Davis, but the Red Sox are telling teams a group consisting of Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and Rafael Devers are not up for discussion.

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Rob Bradford