Two games. Two losses. One more nail in the coffin.

The Boston Red Sox are fading fast in their quest to stay alive this season. Their record dropped to 42-51 with a 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Red Sox, who lost Monday’s first game 11-1, have lost five in a row dating back to before the Major League Baseball All-Star break. They lost all four games this weekend against the Angels.

Boston now sits nine games back of the division-leading New York Yankees in the American League East with 69 games remaining on the schedule.

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The Red Sox have been dead in the water several times this season, but their performance against the Angels in the teams’ four-game weekend series really put things into perspective. Boston showed little life, particularly offensively, making it hard to envision the club going on a second-half run.

The Angels outscored the Red Sox 22-4 in the series. And that’s with Boston scoring three runs over the final four innings of Monday’s second game when Los Angeles had a victory all but sealed.

The Angels touched up Steven Wright for four runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead.

All of the damage came with two outs, as Wright induced back-to-back ground ball outs to open the frame. A two-out walk — as it so often does — paved the way for trouble, though. Wright struggled with his control throughout the inning.

Wright issued three walks, hit a batter and allowed three singles (two of the infield variety) in the disastrous inning. Catcher Blake Swihart also was charged with a passed ball.

— Wright gave the Red Sox five innings, which was an improvement over the 1 2/3-inning effort Eduardo Rodriguez provided in Game 1. But the veteran right-hander allowed six earned runs on six hits and three walks.

Wright surrendered two home runs: one to Albert Pujols in the second inning and one to Mike Trout in the fifth inning.

— Tommy Layne and Craig Breslow each tossed a scoreless inning. Breslow actually pitched in both games, which speaks to the state of the Red Sox.

— Alexi Ogando surrendered a home run to Pujols in the seventh inning, giving the three-time MVP a major league-best 29 homers. Trout had tied Pujols in the fifth inning with his 28th homer.

Pujols, who also took Rodriguez deep in Game 1, had three homers on the day.

— David Ortiz crushed a two-run homer to right field in the sixth inning. It tripled the Red Sox’s entire offensive output for the series to that point.

— Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with two singles, a sacrifice fly and a run scored.

— Mike Napoli collected two hits, including a double, in his effort to maintain a job.

— Swihart, who was activated from the disabled list Monday, went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in his first major league game since June 30.

— Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4. He’s 0-for-14 in four games since coming off the DL.

— Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval went a combined 0-for-8.

— The Red Sox went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Polar opposites.

The Red Sox will travel to Houston for a three-game series against the Astros starting Tuesday. It’ll be a hectic travel schedule, as the Sox plan to travel from California to Texas on Tuesday morning.

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