Angels outlast Red Sox in marathon gameMay 5, 2011 - 7:46 AM Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The game started at 7:05 p.m. (et) on Wednesday and only a handful of fans, following a lengthy rain delay, were still around Thursday morning to see the Red Sox lose for the first time in seven games against the Angels this season.
Vernon Wells clubbed a two-run homer for the Angels, who blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning.
Erick Aybar lofted a sacrifice fly to center field to put Los Angeles up 3-1 in the ninth.
Boston rallied in the bottom of the inning against Jordan Walden. Jed Lowrie walked and Mike Cameron followed with a single. With Carl Crawford batting, Walden uncorked a wild pitch. Angels catcher Hank Conger tried to nail the runner at third, but his throw skipped past Alberto Callaspo, allowing Lowrie to score.
LA, though, caught a break as the ball bounded off third base umpire John Hirschbeck right to shortstop Aybar, who threw out Cameron trying to advance to third.
Crawford then doubled and scored the tying run on a two-out single by Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Red Sox stranded a runner on third in the 10th and threatened again in the 12th. LA's Trevor Bell (1-0) gave up a one-out single to Marco Scutaro, who was gunned down at home when he tried to score on a double by Kevin Youkilis. Darnell McDonald followed with a single to put men on the corners, but Lowrie grounded out to first to end the inning.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3), making his first major-league relief appearance, took over on the mound in the 13th inning for Boston and Howie Kendrick greeted him with a single. After Matsuzaka retired the next two batters, Peter Bourjos singled and Aybar walked to load the bases for Abreu, who grounded a base hit to right field.
Bell retired the Red Sox in order in the home half. It was 2:45 a.m. when the final out was recorded.
Boston's Josh Beckett and the Angels' Ervin Santana were the scheduled starters on Wednesday, but neither returned following a rain delay that lasted two hours and 35 minutes. Play was halted with one out in the top of the fifth.
The Angels grabbed a 2-0 lead in the seventh when Wells followed a leadoff double by Kendrick with a blast off a light stanchion above the Green Monster.
Boston, meanwhile, remained hitless until Lowrie singled with one out in the bottom of the frame. The Red Sox then got on the board in their next at-bat.
Jason Varitek opened the eighth with a double and advanced to third on a groundout. After Fernando Rodney fanned Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez hit a slow dribbler in front of the mound, plating Varitek. Rodney slipped as he went to field the ball and his ill-advised throw home allowed Gonzalez to reach second. Rodney retired David Ortiz on a fly ball to escape a first-and- third jam.
The Angels won for just the second time in their last 17 games against the Red Sox...Santana struck out seven and walked one in four hitless innings...Beckett gave up one hit and walked three over 4 1/3 innings...Bell allowed four hits in four scoreless innings.
- LOS ANGELES: 5
May 5 2:46 AM
- Bobby Abreu single to right scored Howie Kendrick and Peter Bourjos with two outs. On the play, Erick Aybar advances to third. Runners on first and third and Maicer Izturis due up.
Angels 5, Red Sox 3 Top 13, 2 OutsMay 5 2:40 AM
- Jacoby Ellsbury single to right scored Carl Crawford with two outs. Runner on first and Dustin Pedroia due up.
Angels 3, Red Sox 3 Bot 9, 2 OutsMay 5 1:17 AM
- .Jed Lowrie scored on Hank Conger's throwing error with one out, On the play Mike Cameron thrownout at third None on and Carl Crawford at the plate.
Angels 3, Red Sox 2 Bot 9, 1 OutMay 5 1:12 AM
- Erick Aybar sacrifice fly to center scored Vernon Wells with two outs. On the play, Peter Bourjos advances to second and Hank Conger advances to third. Runners on second and third and and Bobby Abreu due up.
Angels 3, Red Sox 1 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 5 1:00 AM
- Adrian Gonzalez single to pitcher scored Jason Varitek with two outs. advances to second on Fernando Rodney's throwing error. Runner on second and Kevin Youkilis due up.
Angels 2, Red Sox 1 Bot 8, 2 OutsMay 5 12:42 AM
- Vernon Wells none-out, two-run Home Run (3) to left scored Howie Kendrick. Hank Conger due up.
Angels 2, Red Sox 0 Top 7, 0 OutsMay 4 11:59 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 4 7:11 PM
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