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ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s a good thing the Red Sox have been able to build a decent-size lead in the American League East (4½ games over the Orioles and Rays) because they dropped the first series of this 10-game West Coast swing to the Angels with a 3-0 loss and some areas of concern are cropping up.
The good news is the Sox have performed well in the most essential areas for success — starting pitching — but conversely are starting to fall on the back end of the pitching staff — the bullpen.
John Lackey had another solid start Sunday night, allowing two runs over seven innings, but he took the loss as the Sox were unable to solve Jered Weaver over the first 6⅔ innings and couldn’t muster anything against the Angels’ bullpen.