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Final: Angels 5, Red Sox 3

Posted by Alex Prewitt  August 21, 2012 06:50 PM

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Final: Angels 5, Red Sox 3: The Sox mounted a late comeback, aided by four scoreless innings from their bullpen and a two-run homer by Salty in the sixth, but stranded two on base in the eighth and could never get over the five-run lead the Angels got on starter Aaron Cook. Los Angeles pounding out 11 hits (all groundball singles, except for Trumbo's monster blast in the fifth) off the righty, who dropped to 3-7 on the year.

Clay Buchholz and Jered Weaver will square off Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m.

Thanks for reading my final live blog as the Globe's summer intern. Postgames notes will follow. Always a pleasure bringing you the updates.

Bottom 9th: Angels 5, Red Sox 3: Ernesto Frieri notched his 15th save after Podsednik lined out to the track in right-center, Ciriaco grounded out to the mound, and Pedroia grounded out to third. Game over.

Top 9th: Angels 5, Red Sox 3: With Alfredo Aceves on for the ninth, Gonzalez made a nice scoop on an Aybar bunt attempt, Ianetta flied out to the track in deep center, Trout walked, and promptly got gunned down at second by Salty on a pitchout. Trout had gotten caught stealing three times before Tuesday night, and has an AL-high 39 stolen bases.

Bottom 8th: Angels 5, Red Sox 3: Downs got Gonzalez to ground out, then was lifted in favor of Kevin Jepsen. Jepsen induced a grounder to third from Ross, but put runners on first and second after walking Salty and giving up a Nava single. Aviles ripped one on a 2-2 count, but it went right to Kendrick at second. Inning over, Sox strand two.

Oh, right. Her name is Caroline. Now I remember.

Top 8th: Angels 5, Red Sox 3: Padilla sets down Trumbo, Kendrick, and Callaspo in order -- the first two on groundouts to Aviles, and Callaspo on a strikeout looking.

Time to sing about that sweet woman whose name I forget.

Bottom 7th: Angels 5, Red Sox 3: Santana finished his night when Aviles grounded out to first. With Jordan Walden in relief, Podsednik doubled to the base of the Monster, moved to third on a Ciriaco grounder, and scored on a wild pitch.

Pedroia ripped a single off the Monster, ending Walden's day in favor of Scott Downs for the lefty-on-lefty matchup. Ellsbury cranked one off the end of the bat, but flied out to right-center.

Santana's line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 100 pitches, 62 strikes.

Top 7th: Angels 5, Red Sox 2: Six up, six down for Mortensen, this time against the heart of the Angels order. Hunter grounded out to Aviles deep in the hole, and both Pujols and Morales struck out swinging.

Time to sing the song of a demanding yet indifferent individual who can't even say please when asking for peanuts and Cracker Jack.

Bottom 6th: Angels 5, Red Sox 2: Finally, some offensive life. Salty homers for the first time since July 27, stroking one to deep right, scoring Ross, who walked. Hunter could have had a shot at robbing it, but he overran the ball.

Nava struck out to end the inning.

Top 6th: Angels 5, Red Sox 0: Perfect inning for Mortensen in relief, getting Aybar on a weak groundout to the mound, striking out Ianetta swinging, and getting Trout to fly out to center.

Bottom 5th: Angels 5, Red Sox 0: Santana works around a Podsednik single with an Aviles popout, a Ciriaco strikeout, and a Pedroia groundout.

Cook is done. Clayton Mortensen on for the Sox.

Cook's line: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 85 pitches, 55 strikes.

Top 5th: Angels 5, Red Sox 0: Trumbo demolished a full-count hanging sinker over the Volvo sign atop the Monster, clear out of Fenway for his 30th homer of the season, scoring Morales, who singled.

Kendrick and Callaspo both grounded out after, as Cook received a few boos exiting the field.

Bottom 4th: Angels 3, Red Sox 0: While the Angels get groundball singles, the Sox are finding no luck through the air. Ross popped out to first, Salty lined out to second, and Nava struck out swinging.

Top 4th: Angels 3, Red Sox 0: Pitching to contact got Cook in some trouble. Trumbo struck out swinging to lead things off, but the Angels strung together three straight singles to put another run on the board. Kendrick was driven in by Aybar, who got caught in a rundown for the second out, putting Callaspo on third in the process. Ianetta singled off the glove of a diving Aviles to score Callaspo.

Cook missed big on a sinker to Trout, who singled for the second time tonight, and Hunter sailed a long fly just foul of Pesky's Pole before grounding into an inning-ending fielder's choice. Angels had five hits that inning, and two runs to show for it.

Bottom 3rd: Angels 1, Red Sox 0: Podsednik weakly grounded out to second, and Ciriaco grounded one up the middle that Santana couldn't handle. It was ruled a single. Pedroia reached on a fielder's choice, beating out the double play ball on Ciriaco's hard takeout slide at second. On a 2-2 count, Ellsbury ripped a single to right, putting runners on the corners, but Gonzalez struck out swinging to strand them.

Top 3rd: Angels 1, Red Sox 0: Ianetta shattered his bat on a leadoff groundout to second. Trout bounced a groundball single up the middle, then moved up when Cook threw the ball away trying to pick him off at first. Hunter struck out -- Cook has a season-high 3 Ks now -- but Pujols poked an RBI single up the middle after Cook had him in an 0-2 hole.

Morales flied out to left to end the inning.

Bottom 2nd: Angels 0, Red Sox 0: Gonzalez lined out to deep left to lead things off. Ross then flared a liner over the head of Pujols, hustling into second when the ball settled into the rightfield no-mans land.

Salty walked on four pitches. Nava, fresh off his return from a DL stint, popped out into foul territory behind third, and Aviles popped out into shallow right.

Top 2nd: Angels 0, Red Sox 0: Cook has tied his season high with two strikeouts, fanning Aybar swinging to end the inning. Trumbo led off with a scorching single up the middle, but Cook induced a double play from Kendrick. He walked Callaspo before Aybar struck out.

Bottom 1st: Angels 0, Red Sox 0: A very merry Aaron Cook-like first inning for Santana. Ciriaco grounds out to short, Pedroia to third, and Ellsbury to first.

Top 1st: Angels 0, Red Sox 0: After striking out -- yes, a strikeout, just Cook's eighth of the season -- Rookie of the Year and MVP candidate Mike Trout, and getting Hunter to ground out to short, Cook left a sinker high and inside, and Pujols cranked it off the Monster for a two-out double. Morales hit a high chopper to the mound to strand Pujols.

More pregame: A nice, touching tribute for Pesky before first pitch. Both teams lined up on their respective baseline, the Sox all wearing No. 6 uniforms. After a moment of silence, a trumpeter played "Taps" at shortstop. Then broadcaster and emcee Dave O'Brien said, "Rest in peace, No. 6."

Pregame: The Sox return to Fenway after a 4-6 road trip and a day off during which they fired their pitching coach and determined a surgery date for Carl Crawford. Now they send Aaron Cook (3-6, 4.58 ERA) to the mound with the Angels in town. Every Boston player will wear No. 6 tonight in honor of the late Johnny Pesky. Los Angeles counters with Ervin Santana (6-10, 5.59 ERA), coming off a four-hit, one-run effort against Cleveland on Aug. 15.

Enjoy the game and comment away, folks, as always. On a personal note, tonight is Alex the Intern's last assignment with the Globe. Thanks for being great readers throughout the summer. No seriously. It's been awesome.

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