Game over: Red Sox 6, Angels 3
Papelbon finished off the Angels for his 23rd save. Ortiz had three RBIs with his two home runs. Clay Buchholz improved to 11-5 before a crowd of 40,364.
Back with some more later.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 6, Angels 3
Mike Kahn, in his debut, walked Cameron before Scutaro singled with one out. Drew then doubled off the wall in right to drive in two runs. Drew took third on a wild pitch then was thrown out at home trying to score on another wild pitch.
Papelbon stays in.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 4, Angels 3
Papelbon got the final out of the 8th and will try for the four-out save. The Sox have allowed eight runs in the eighth inning of the last three games.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Angels 3
Nothing is ever easy for the Red Sox. With Daniel Bard apparently unavailable, Scott Atchison started the inning and allowed a single by Izturis. Abreu grounded into a force before Hunter flied to right for the second out.
But Matsui homered to right, his fourth dinger in the last six games. Now Papelbon in to try and get a four-out save.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Angels 1
Youkilis singled off Fernando Rodney and Ortiz went yard again. Home Run Derby, indeed.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
Buchholz retired 11 straight before Juan Rivera singled. But he finished the inning and is likely done for the night. Great job by Clay, who allowed one run on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
Kevin Jepsen retired the Sox in order. Outside of that line drive that hit Haren, Angel pitching has retired 13 of the last 14 batters. Quite a pitchers duel we have going here.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
Buchholz retired the side in order again, that’s 10 straight for him with five by strikeout. He has been terrific tonight.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
The Sox went in order against Rodriguez, who has retired all four batters he has faced.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
Buchholz has retired seven straight. The first hitter, Aybar, tried a bunt but Beltre made a spectacular bare-handed play and his usual sick throw. Izturis then struck out before Abreu lined to second.
Nice work for Clay tonight as he has allowed one run on four hits.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2 Angels 1
Ortiz flied deep to left — he loves going the other way this season — to end the inning.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
Dan Haren had to leave the game after getting smoked on the right wrist/forearm by a Kevin Youkilis line drive with two outs.
What a blow that would be to the Angels were he seriously injured.
His line tonight: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. Francisco Rodrigiez now warming up and he gets all the time he needs.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
Buchholz just struck out the side, all swinging. Impressive work. The righthander lives in Manhattan Beach in the offseason, which isn’t too far away from here. He almost certainly has some friends in the stands tonight.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
Haren retired the side in order, striking out Lowrie and Hermida on called third strikes. Umpire Wally Bell has a pretty big strike zone tonight, which is fine by me. Haren has struck out seven so far.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
Buchholz allowed singled by izturis and Matsui but got Callaspo to bounce to first to end the inning. The Angels have left five men on base in three innings, three of them in scoring position.
There are some empty seats here in the corners of the upper deck. The Angels must be sore to have the Sox here Monday-Wednesday instead of the weekend.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Angels 1
David Ortiz homered to center off Haren at Fenway back on June 17. This time he took him out to right field. That’s No. 20 for Papi.
Adrian Beltre, happy to be out of Safeco Field, singled to left with two outs but Martinez struck out looking.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Angels 1
Buchholz loaded the bases with no outs but the Angels could not score.
Matsui walked, Callaspo singled and Napoli was hit by a pitch to jam the sacks. But Rivera and Mathis popped to Youkilis before Aybar flied to left. The Angels looked like he Red Sox in Seattle over the weekend.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Angels 1
Wasted chance there. Lowrie doubled to move Martinez to third. But Cameron struck out before Hemrida grounded to first and Martinez was thrown out at the plate. Then Scutaro bounced into a force. Still, they have hit Haren hard do far.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Angels 1
So that’s how it works. Beltre hits a bomb to center that ticks off the glove of a leaping Hunter and he hustles to third for a triple. Then with one swing, Victor Martinez slams an RBI single over the head of the second baseman.
First RBI for a Red Sox catcher since June 29.
Top of the 2nd: Angels 1, Red Sox 0
Well, Buchholz got Aybar, Izturis and Hunter to ground to second. But Abreu homered to right.
Cannot tell you how happy I am to be here tonight. Angel Stadium is a great place to work for a writer. Easy to get to the clubhouse, great view from the press box, nice people, etc.
Plus I always enjoy seeing the Angels. Mike Scioscia, in my estimation, is one of the two or three best managers in the game and is always interesting to speak with. Beyond that, Matsui, Abreu and Hunter and three of my favorite players in the game.
Covered Hideki and Bobby in New York and they are very good guys. Torii is perhaps the most popular player in the last five years among visiting beat writers looking for a comment. He’s always friendly and has something to say. Just good people.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Haren looks pretty good so far. He dispatched of Scutaro and Drew in five pitches before Youkilis singled. Then Ortiz struck out swinging.
Top of the 1st inning: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Good evening from Anaheim, where the Red Sox are taking on the Angels. It’s another beautiful day in Orange County and plenty of Sox fans are at Angel Stadium. The game will get started in a few minutes.
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