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Red Sox sweep away Angels, 7-3

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 28, 2010 03:35 PM

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9f914942a1d0f60cd10e6a706700da9f.jpgGame over: Red Sox 7, Angels 3

That's a three-game sweep of the Angels and a 6-4 West Coast Road trip for the resurgent Sox, who are now 7-7 since the All-Star break.

Josh Beckett went seven innings for the win, his first since April. The Sox had 12 hits and drew eight walks against the Los Angeles bullpen in their by-committee start in place of Joel Piniero.

The once mighty Angels are 52-52 and have dropped seven of eight. We won't be seeing them in the playoffs it looks like.

Back with a report from the clubhouse later.

Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Angels 3

The Sox left two more runners stranded in the 8th. Ramon Ramirez in to try and finish it off.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Angels 3

Hold everything, my friends. Now warming up: Tim Wakefield.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Angels 3

Never, ever easy. Delcarmen struck out the first two batters he faced. Then Callaspo doubled before Abreu walked. Matsui, the old Sox killer in pinstripes, hit a ball that looked destined for center field. But Bill Hall ranged back and made a terrific leaping catch to end the inning.

Today's heroes include Eric Patterson, Marco Scutaro and now Bill Hall.

Three more outs to get. Atchison was warming, he could be the man.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Angels 3

The Sox did not add to their lead. Manny Delcarmen in as Ramon Ramirez warms up.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Angels 3

Yikes, was Fernando Rodney awful. After McDonald struck out, Youkilis walked. Rodney's line: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.

Rookie Mike Kohn in to pitch. Given that their bullpen has to get the final six outs, the Sox may want to tack on a few more here.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Angels 3

Marco Scutaro just made 'em all forget they wanted Alex Gonzalez. His grand slam has given the Sox the lead. That's four homers on the day.

The game is being paused now as Commissioner Selig presents Fernando Rodney with the Hideki Okajima Award for terrible relief pitching.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Angels 3

Patterson did better than that. He bunted and beat it out for a single. Bases loaded, no outs for Scutaro. Beckett must be pacing the clubhouse like a caged tiger.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Angels 3

Rodney walked Hermida and Hall to start the inning. The Angels are just begging to lose this game and have been all day. Now Patterson has to get a bunt down.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Angels 3

Beckett was strong again, 1-2-3. He has retired nine straight. That could be it for him as he has thrown 112 pitches. Now can the Sox get him a run and a chance at a win?

Beckett's line: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. His two starts since coming back have been solid.

Sox will face Fernando Rodney next.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Angels 3

Thompson retired the side in order after he homer. Becket back out for the seventh, having thrown 96 pitches. Can he go two more innings?

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Angels 3

Youkilis homered to left (No. 19) and we're all tied up.

Top of the 7th: Angels 3, Red Sox 2

Beckett has done his job as he retires the side in order. The Angels have three runs on five hits and should have no runs on three hits.

Middle of the 6th: Angels 3, Red Sox 2

Thompson struck out Hermida (2 for 17, 9 Ks since coming back) and Hall before Patterson ripped a triple into the corner in right field.

Patterson has 10 hits with the Sox, seven for extra bases.

Scutaro then walked but McDonald flied to center. That's nine left on base and 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Just brutal.

Top of the 6th: Angels 3, Red Sox 2

Another defensive flub cost Beckett. Willits started the inning with a high pop up that Hall lost in the sun. Willits, running hard, made it to second. He was bunted over by Aybar and scored on a sacrifice fly by Izturis.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2

The Sox went down in order. On the bright side, they didn't leave anybody on base.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2

Napoli doubled with two outs but Beckett got Wilson to ground to third. New pitcher for the Angels is Rich Thompson.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2

You know, when the other team hands you the game, the polite thing is to take it. But the Sox have left seven runners on base and are 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position through four innings. Scutaro had a single in that inning but was stranded.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2

Three up and three down for Beckett.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Angels 2

Another inning, more runners stranded. Ortiz and Martinez had singles off Rodriguez to get things going. But after Beltre flied deep to left, Hermida and Hall struck out.

The Sox have left six runners on already, four in scoring position.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Angels 2

That was ugly. Beckett walked Matsui with one out before Kendrick singled to center. With two outs, Wilson hit a sinking liner to left that Hermida didn't seem sure how to play. He let it fall at his feet for an RBI single. Willits then followed with an RBI single up the middle.

Beckett got Aybar to ground out to end the inning. Beckett didn't pitch well but Hermida wasn't much help.

This could be an ugly, long game.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Angels 0

Sox scored two, could have been more. McDonald walked to load the bases but Youkilis lined to left against Francisco Rodriguez.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Angels 0

That didn't take long to get to Shields. Beltre (No. 17) homered with one out and Bill Hall (No. 11) homered with two outs. In between, Jeremy Hermida hit a bomb that center fielder Reggie Willits made a leaping grab of at the wall.

Now Patterson has doubled and Scutaro has walked.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0

Beckett mowed 'em down, two grounders to first and a strikeout of Callaspo. Torii Hunter not playing for the Halos today. He has a .513 OPS in his last six games and looks like he needs a rest.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0

It started out pretty well as Scutaro singled and took second on a wild pitch. But McDonald struck out, Youkilis lined to third and Ortiz fanned looking.

By the way, great stuff here from PawSox broadcaster Dan Hoard on Mike Lowell's stay in Pawtucket: http://danhoard.mlblogs.com.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0

Piniero strained his left oblique (rib-cage muscle) while warming up. Shields is is 2-5 with a 6.81 ERA against the Sox in his career in the regular season.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0

This just in: Joel Piniero was scratched and the Angels will start Scot Shields instead. It's his first start since 2003. So, in theory, a break for the Sox.

Gorgeous day at the ballpark, just perfect. Hope you enjoy the game and stick here for updates all game. Feel free to join the discussion in the comments section, too.

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