BOSTON – Red Sox pitchers were hit early and often in a 12-4 loss to the Angels Saturday at Fenway Park.
Rick Porcello served up a three-run homer to Justin Upton in the first inning and ended his outing by giving up a two-run shot to Mike Trout. The right-hander went five innings and gave up five runs on five hits. He fell to 10-9 on the season and sports an ERA of 5.67.
The Angels put the game away with a seven-run seventh inning, tagging Darwinzon Hernandez for four runs. Hernandez pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the sixth before failing to record an out in the seventh.
Hector Velazquez came on and gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits.
Sam Travis had a two-RBI afternoon for Boston, including a solo home run. Michael Chavis and Mookie Betts also drove in runs.
With the win, the free-falling Angels snapped an eight-game losing streak.
Boston and Los Angeles will wrap up their four-game series on Sunday. Andrew Cashner (10-7, 4.68 ERA) will take the ball against Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval (0-0, 3.60 ERA) in his first big league start.