“If it doesn’t, obviously, we’re going to keep moving forward and just go from there”.
Kyle Seager homered in consecutive at-bats for the Mariners, who had a five-game winning streak in New York stopped. Junichi Tazawa retired the next three batters, and with the top of the Angels order coming to the plate, Farrell decided that his best option was to go to the well-rested Uehara, even though he doesn’t typically use his closer in a tie game on the road.
Angels reliever Joe Smith threw a scoreless ninth for the win but took a wicked Mike Napoli line drive off his right shin.
Red Sox southpaw starter Wade Miley didn’t allow a baserunner until Chris Iannetta worked him for a walk with one out in the sixth inning.
But Miley’s big moment was ruined when Kole Calhoun jumped on a 90 miles per hour, first-pitch fastball to lead off the seventh, finding the center field wall for a double and the hosts’ first hit.
“But like I said, a well-played game and unfortunately we come up on the short end”. “But Wade was outstanding”.
Erick Aybar was next and he grounded a ball between shortstop and third base.
Farrell pulled Miley after he issued a leadoff walk to David Freese with his 101st pitch.
There were 3-2 wins for both the Houston Astros and St Louis Cardinals, who overcame the Texas Rangers and New York Mets respectively, while the San Francisco Giants downed the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5. Mike Trout launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand Boston its first loss of the second half. “I was trying to go a little more outside, ” said Uehara, who had been unscored upon in his previous 10 appearances. “I think Ryan Hanigan did a great job of sticking with the game plan and kind of figuring out what was going on”. One questioner wondered if Trout was trying to hit the ball out of the ballpark. 350 for the month of June before the hamstring injury sidelined him. In his three complete seasons, he has twice finished second in the American League MVP voting and in the other year he won the award.
After the game Trout became the first player ever named MVP in back-to-back Major League Baseball All-Star games. RHP Jered Weaver, sidelined with inflammation in his right hip, could return to the rotation as soon as next weekend.
The Sox starter carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, having thrown 84 pitches. Porcello’s run of bad starts began against Los Angeles on May 22, when he was rocked for seven runs on as many hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.
The Red Sox went 5-3 on their homestand before All-Star Game festivities and pulled themselves within 6 1/2 games of the AL East lead.
The Red Sox took two of three games from the Angels in that May series, but are only 4-8 in the last 12 meetings between the teams. In a week when the baseball world breathlessly talked about the greatness that is Mike Trout and his All Star legacy, it’s only fitting that the young phenom would up the stakes in his first game back from vacation. Three starts after that, he suffered a season-ending knee injury covering first base at Boston.