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Final: Angels 14, Red Sox 13

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  August 23, 2012 07:00 PM

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Final: Angels 14, Red Sox 13: The Sox were swept in excruciating fashion, 14-13, by the Angels in 10 innings Thursday night before an announced Fenway Park crowd of 37,829. The Sox coughed up a 6-0 lead in the third after the Angels rallied for eight runs, then came back to tie it, 9-9, with a pair of runs in the sixth, before breaking the stalemate with a pair of runs in the eighth to take an 11-9 lead.

The Angels rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to seize a 12-11 lead, before Cody Ross tied it in the bottom of the frame, 12-12, with a solo homer that sent it into extras. The Angels tallied a pair of runs in the top of the 10th, but with two outs the Sox managed only a run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Dustin Pedroia (4-for-6, 5 RBI, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 runs scored) that scored Pedro Ciriaco, who reached on a two-out single.

Ernesto Frieri put the wraps on this 4 hour 34 minute marathon by striking out Adrian Gonzalez on three pitches. The teams combined for 27 runs, 38 hits (20 by the Angels) and 5 homers (Sox 3; Angels 2).

Top of 10th: Angels 14, Red Sox 12: Incredible! Kendry Morales broke a 12-12 tie with his lead-off solo homer to right off Aceves, who turned it over to Craig Breslow after giving up a single to Erick Aybar.

Wells doubled to left off Breslow, scoring Aybar with an insurance run. Wells, however, wound up getting thrown out at third by Saltalamacchia. Breslow got out of the inning with strikeouts of Iannetta (looking) and Hunter (swinging) to end the inning. The running (combined) total: 26 runs, 36 hits (20 by the Angels), 5 homers (Sox 3; Angels 2).

Bottom of 9th: Angels 12, Red Sox 12: Unbelievable. Cody Ross tied it when he belted a solo homer (his 19th of the season) to the Green Monster seats off reliever Ernesto Frieri, who entered the ninth in relief of Scott Downs. By that juncture of the game, both teams had combined for 24 runs and 33 hits, including four homers (three by the Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia, Mike Aviles, and Ross).

Top of 9th: Angels 12, Red Sox 11: The Angels rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth against Sox closer Alfredo Aceves, who gave up a solo homer to Vernon Wells, which appeared to barely clear the wall in left.

After Mike Trout reached on a single to right and went to second on an error by right fielder Cody Ross, Torii Hunter ripped an RBI single to left, which scored Trout from third. Trout beat a throw to the plate from Podsednik in left to tie it, 11-11.

After Howie Kendrick walked, Mark Trumbo hit an RBI single to center, scoring Hunter with the go-ahead run.

Bottom of 8th: Red Sox 11, Angels 9: Replays clearly showed Mike Aviles had beaten a throw from second baseman Howie Kendrick to first. But first base ump Jordan Baker ruled differently and called Aviles out on the play.

It loomed large given the fact Scott Podsednik and Pedro Ciriaco each reached on a pair of back-to-back singles. Had he been called safe, Aviles probably would have scored the go-ahead run.

Jepsen turned it over to LHP Scott Downs, who faced Jacoby Ellsbury with two outs and two runners in scoring position. Ellsbury delivered by ripping a 3-and-2 pitch from Downs to right for an RBI single that scored Podsednik from second with the go-ahead run and advanced Ciriaco to third.

Pedroia came up with runners on the corners and padded Boston's lead with an RBI chopper down the line to third that eluded Erick Aybar and allowed Ciriaco to score to make it 11-9 before Downs got out of the inning by getting Gonzalez to fly to center.

Top of 8th: Red Sox 9, Angels 9: After surviving a hairy, bases-loaded jam in the seventh, there were no such issues for Padilla in a tidy 1-2-3 eighth.

Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 9, Angels 9: Nothing doin' for the Sox in the bottom of the 7th as Kevin Jepsen retired the side in 1-2-3 order on a pair of fly ball outs to left by Gonzalez and Ross and a called third strike on pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who remained in the game at catcher for Lavarnway.

Top of 7th: Red Sox 9, Angels 9: Mike Trout sent Andrew Bailey from the game after he hit a tying RBI single to center that scored Kendry Morales to tie it, 9-9. Vicente Padilla entered the game in relief of Bailey, who gave up back-to-back singles to Morales and Aybar before getting Wells to fly to left and Iannetta to strike out (looking).

Padilla got himself out of a jam when he issued a walk to Hunter that loaded the bases for Kendrick, who struck out swinging to end the inning.

Kevin Jepsen was summoned to relieve Walden (0.2 IP, 1 R, 2 H) in the bottom of the 7th.

Bottom of 6th, 2 out: Red Sox 9, Angels 8: Mike Aviles belted a solo home run to left off Jason Isringhausen, who entered the sixth in relief of C.J. Wilson (5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6K, 1 HR) to help the Red Sox tie it. It was Aviles' 12th homer of the season, which improved upon his previous career high (10).

Isringhausen handed it over Jordan Walden after issuing a walk to Scott Podsednik, who wound up getting thrown out by Iannetta stealing second.

After Pedro Ciriaco greeted Walden with a double off the The Wall, Jacoby Ellsbury followed with an RBI double off The Wall to score Ciriaco with the go-ahead run, making it 9-8. Walden got Pedroia to fly to center to end the inning.

Andrew Bailey will relieve Melancon (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) in the top of the 7th.
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Bottom of 5th: Angels 8, Red Sox 7: The Red Sox got one run back when Dustin Pedroia reached on an error by Angels' third baseman Alberto Callaspo and went to second on a passed ball.

After Gonzalez struck out for the second out of the inning, Cody Ross rifled an RBI single to right, scoring Pedroia. Ryan Lavarnway stranded Ross at first when he struck out swinging.

Top of 5th: Angels 8, Red Sox 6: Mark Melancon entered the game in relief of Junichi Tazawa and retired three of the four batteres he faced, allowing Chris Iannetta to reach on a single to center before getting Trout to fly to center to end the inning.

Bottom of 4th: Angels 8, Red Sox 6: Wilson again retired the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion. He has retired the last seven consecutive batters he's faced, recording two strikeouts in that stretch.

Top of 4th: Angels 8, Red Sox 6: Tazawa, who mercifully extricated the Sox from their ruinous third inning, reciprocated with a 1-2-3 inning of his own.

Bottom of 3d: Angels 8, Red Sox 6: The Red Sox were rendered mute in their response to LA's eight-run outburst at the top of the frame when Wilson retired them in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out Cody Ross (looking), Ryan Lavarnway (swinging), and inducing Mauro Gomez to fly to right.

Top of 3d: Angels 8, Red Sox 6: All of Morales's good work in the first two innings was unraveled in the third when he surrendered six runs (two earned) on six hits and a pair of walks, both coming with the bases loaded. He departed after Erick Aybar reached on an error by third baseman Pedro Ciriaco, who bobbled Aybar's grounder to third.

The Angels scored eight runs in the inning overall, the last five with two outs.

After Vernon Wells drew a walk from relief pitcher Clayton Mortensen (2 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk) that scored Alberto Callaspo from third to pull the Angels within 6-4, Chris Iannetta, of Providence, R.I., tied it 6-6 with his 2-RBI single to right, scoring Kendry Morales and Aybar. Mike Trout's RBI single to right scored Wells with the go-ahead run, 7-6, and Torii Hunter padded it with an RBI single to right off Mortensen, making it 8-6. Hunter appeared to get caught in a run down between first and second, but escaped when Mike Aviles inexplicably threw to third in an attempt to pick off Trout.

Hunter, as a result, safely reached second on the throw to third, where Trout was also safe.

Junichi Tazawa came in and recorded that elusive third out by inducing Howie Kendrick to ground to second.

Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 6, Angels 0: The Sox erupted for five runs on five hits, the biggest of which was a 3-run homer by Dustin Pedroia, who was halfway to the cycle after doubling in his first at-bat of the game off C.J. Wilson. Scott Podsednik and Jacoby Ellsbury also had RBI singles in the inning before Pedroia tattooed a Wilson fastball into the Green Monster seats.

Top of 2d: Red Sox 1, Angels 0: Another strong inning for Morales, who gave up a pair of hits in the inning but struck out Vernon Wells with a 96 fastball to end the inning. A vast improvement over his last start last Friday in New York, where Morales gave up five runs on six hits, including four homers.

Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 1, Angels 0: Dustin Pedroia reached on a two-out double to center, then came home on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single to center off C.J. Wilson to give the Sox an early one-run lead.

Top of 1st: Angels 0, Red Sox 0: Strong start for Franklin Morales, who got the first two outs of the inning before allowing Howie Kendrick to reach on a single to left. Morales got out of the inning after getting Mark Trumbo to pop to second.

PregameWelcome to Fenway Park where the Red Sox (59-65) will attempt to avert getting swept by the Angels in the finale of this three-game set. Franklin Morales will go to the mound to oppose C.J. Wilson.

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