ANAHEIM -- The Red Sox's potent offense and sturdy starting pitching were too much for the Angels again Thursday night, as Los Angeles fell, 8-2, and Boston completed a three-game sweep.In his first start at Angel Stadium since 2016, Halos starter Nick Tropeano could not quiet Boston's red-hot bats, giving
ANAHEIM -- The Red Sox's potent offense and sturdy starting pitching were too much for the Angels again Thursday night, as Los Angeles fell, 8-2, and Boston completed a three-game sweep.
In his first start at Angel Stadium since 2016, Halos starter Nick Tropeano could not quiet Boston's red-hot bats, giving up five runs over 5 1/3 innings and taking the loss. Tropeano missed all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in '16.
The Angels were outscored, 27-3, in the series.
Tropeano had a rough start, as Mookie Betts hit a leadoff home run for the second time this series. Betts also had a leadoff homer on Tuesday, when he had his third career three-homer game.
The Angels scored more runs than they had the previous two games combined (one run on Tuesday and zero on Wednesday). Chris Young hit a solo homer in the fifth, and Zack Cozart had an RBI single in the second. Andrelton Simmons continued his strong offensive start by going 1-for-1 with three walks.
Two-way star Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. It was his first career multi-strikeout game, and it was the first time he did not record a hit in eight starts at designated hitter.
"Simmons, the guy hitting in front of me, walked three times, he got on every at-bat, but I couldn't really extend the inning," Ohtani said through an interpreter. "Maybe if I drew a walk, or had gotten a base hit, I could've started something, but I wasn't able to do that."
Several other Angels hitters had a tough series. Kole Calhoun -- who didn't start, but entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh -- went 0-for-2, as he did not record a hit all series and hasn't reached base in his last 12 plate appearances, and manager Mike Scioscia expressed concern before the game about Calhoun's comfort at the plate.
Justin Upton did not reach base in the series, either, going 0-for-12 in the three-game set.
"A lot of our guys had a bad time at the plate," Scioscia said.
The Angels' bullpen entered the series with the second-best ERA in the American League. However, it gave up seven runs on Tuesday, three on Wednesday and three on Thursday.
"[The bullpen] is always a concern," Scioscia said. "These guys are taking the ball, they're doing everything they can. We don't feel they're at risk, they're getting their time to recover, but we've had to use them a lot."
The Angels entered the series with a plus-48 run differential, best in MLB at the time. They're now seventh at plus-24.
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Simmons showed off why he's one of MLB's elite defenders with a sterling play to turn two in the sixth, saving a run in the process.
With runners on the corners and one out, Simmons dove, fully extended, for a ball heading toward center field. He then promptly flipped the ball from his glove to second baseman Ian Kinsler. Kinsler then completed the inning-ending double play.
"I was honestly just trying to get one out, I was just trying to get it to Kinsler," Simmons said. "To be honest, in my eyes, Kinsler did all the work, because that was quick for a turn that wasn't perfect, so I've got to give credit to him."
Simmons is the first Angels shortstop to have three walks in a home game since Rick Burleson on Aug. 14, 1983, against the Mariners.
The Angels play their first Interleague game of the season on Friday, when they host the Giants at 7:07 p.m. PT. It will mark the Giants' first trip to Anaheim since June 2012. Left-hander Andrew Heaney will make his second start of the season opposite right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who will be making his season debut for San Francisco. Heaney allowed four runs (three earned) over five innings in his last start against the Royals on April 13.
Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com.