Angels chase Rodriguez early, crush Sox 11-1 in Game 1


ANAHEIM -- The Red Sox' long scoreless drought came to an end in the fourth inning the first game of their day-night doubleheader.

Unfortunately for them, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had no drought to speak of -- before or after the lone Red Sox run.

The Angels jumped on Eduardo Rodriguez for seven runs in the second, chasing the rookie lefty, then added four unearned runs two innings later to coast to an easy 11-1 rout of the Sox.

The loss was Boston's third in a row in the second half and fourth straight dating back to a loss the day before the All-Star break.

Rodriguez, who had command issues early, was shelled for a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Daniel Robertson, a two-run homer to Kole Calhoun -- his third homer in the last two games -- and a mammoth solo shot to Albert Pujols.

It marked the third time this season that Rodriguez failed to get through the fifth inning and raised questions again about whether he was somehow tipping his pitches, a failing that the Baltimore Orioles took full advantage of in a game last month.

The Sox, who were shut out in the first two games of the series, finally pushed a run across in the fourth when David Ortiz singled, took second on a single from Pablo Sandoval and came home on a sharp single to center by Mike Napoli. The RBI was the first for Napoli this month.

But with the bases loaded and one out, the Sox couldn't generate another run and the Angels merely tacked on in the bottom of the inning, taking full advantage of an error by Sandoval to score four more off Noe Ramirez, with three coming on a three-run homer that was hammered to center by David Freese.



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