ANAHEIM, Calif. - Sox left-hander Matt Thornton never saw it coming: Four blown saves in four opportunities, an 0-3 record and a 7.36 ERA.
Despite a taking the loss in a two-inning relief stint in Seattle on Friday night, Thornton appears to be turning a corner. The 2010 All-Star's velocity remains in the 96-97 mph range and he's had better command with his slider in his last two outings.
The all-important confidence level is still good, all things considered.
"Obviously I have a history of doing a pretty good job of [pitching],'' Thornton said before the Sox faced the Angels on Monday night. "My stuff is still there. It's not like I'm losing it. But you need to help maintain leads and ties. It's about winning games. I can't continue to pitch with the same results I've had.''
"The results aren't there, and when you're in a results based industry it's not going to look good.''
The Sox got a three-run homer and a pair of RBI doubles from Carlos Quentin and home runs from Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez in an 8-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. It produced their first three-game streak of the season.
Edwin Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings, and Chris Sale and Will Ohman each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.