BOSTON (AP) - Franklin Morales lost the strike zone and the Red Sox lost again to the Los Angeles Angels.
Boston was in a tight game with the Angels before Morales walked four in the seventh inning, turning a one-run deficit into a 9-5 defeat Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
``I think anytime you walk that number of guys we're asking for trouble,' Boston manager John Farrell said.
Morales gave up four runs while getting just two outs.
``I felt like it was an opportunity to get him some work in advance of a potential spot start next week,' Farrell said. ``Then, obviously, we saw what happened in the seventh inning - lost the strike zone as we got deeper into (the inning) and that ended up being the difference in today's game.'
Felix Doubront (4-3) took the loss, giving up three runs and six hits over six innings. He felt bad for Morales.
``That happens,' he said. ``That's the game.'
The Red Sox stranded eight runners in the first four innings- two in each - and 14 overall. Boston made it closer by scoring three runs with two outs in the ninth.
``On a positive note, we continue to create many opportunities to score and repeatedly multiple men on base,' Farrell said. ``We're doing an excellent job of that.'
David Ortiz had a rough day at plate, going 0 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts and stranded six runners. In his previous game, he hit a game-ending, three-run homer against Texas.
Mark Trumbo and Erick Aybar each drove in two runs and the Angels posted their team-record sixth straight win at Fenway Park.
Mike Trout added a pair of doubles high off the Green Monster and collected three hits for the Angels.
The Angels went 6-0 overall against the Red Sox last season. Los Angeles won its ninth consecutive game against Boston in the clubs' first meeting this year.
The game was a makeup from Friday night's rainout.
Mike Carp had a solo homer, three hits and drove in two runs for Boston. Daniel Nava added three hits.
The Angels broke it open when Morales walked three straight batters in the seventh, making it 7-2.
Tommy Hanson (3-2) allowed two runs in five innings for the win.
Ernesto Frieri struck out Jacoby Ellsbury with runners on first and third for his 14th save.
Los Angeles held a 3-2 lead until Morales' wildness in the seventh. Trumbo had an RBI double before the left-hander threw nine consecutive balls to end his appearance and forcing home the final two runs. Clayton Mortensen relieved and allowed Aybar's infield hit that made it 7-2 before J.B. Shuck hit a flyball for his second out of the inning to end it.
Trout opened the third with a double, Josh Hamilton walked and they pulled off a double steal. Albert Pujols had a sacrifice fly and Hamilton scored when Trumbo's grounder into a drawn-in infield ticked off shortstop Stephen's Drew diving attempt and over to second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who threw to first for an out.
NOTES: The Angels previously had won five straight in Fenway in 2008 and 1974. ... Pedroia and teammate Jose Iglesias each extended hitting streaks to 11 games. ... Boston activated OF Shane Victorino from the 15-day DL before Game 2. He's been out since May 21 with a strained left hamstring. Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Angels LHP Sean Burnett, on the 15-day DL with an elbow impingement, is expected to start throwing off a mound in the next few days. ... Former Red Sox C Jason Varitek was in the stands. ... Los Angeles lost 17 of 19 against Boston before its current winning streak.
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