ANAHEIM – The Red Sox bullpen did it again.
Red Sox relievers blew their American League-leading 26th save Saturday night in Anaheim, giving up seven runs in the eighth inning en route to a 10-4 loss to the Angels.
Tasked with holding a 4-3 lead, Ryan Brasier was lit up for six runs on five hits. He recorded two outs. Albert Pujols delivered the fatal blow in the inning, hitting a three-run homer off Josh Smith, who relieved Brasier.
Brasier was the fifth Red Sox pitcher used as part of a bullpen night. Josh Taylor opened the game and Brian Johnson handled the largest portion of the night for Boston, tossing four innings of two-run ball.
The loss represented a missed opportunity for a team with few opportunities left to gain ground in the playoff race. The Athletics lost to the Yankees earlier on Saturday and the Red Sox remain 5 1/2 games behind Oakland and Tampa Bay for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.
The Sox will send David Price to the mound in Sunday’s series finale. Price will be activated from the injured list as he returns from dealing with a cyst on his throwing wrist.