ANAHEIM, Calif. — If you hit the pillow Saturday night confident that the Red Sox would hold on and beat the Angels, here’s some news.
The Sox gave up four runs in the ninth inning then lost 9-7 on Josh Hamilton’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th off Craig Breslow.
“Tough ballgame to lose,” manager John Farrell said.
It was the first time this season the Red Sox lost a game they led by four runs. Their five-game win streak was snapped.
Breslow allowed a one-out single by Brad Hawpe before Hamilton drove a slider out to center for his 12th home run. Dane De La Rosa pitched a perfect inning for the win. The last eight Red Sox went in order. The game lasted four hours and 22 minutes.
The Red Sox took a 7-3 lead into the ninth inning and turned to rookie Alex Wilson for what looked to be mop-up duty. But the Angels scored four runs, all coming with two outs.
With two outs and a runner on first, Wilson allowed a single by J.B. Shuck, then hit Mike Trout with a pitch. Farrell called in closer Koji Uehara for the fifth time in the last seventh days.
He got two strikes on Albert Pujols before giving up a two-run single to center field.
Hamilton followed with an RBI single to right field, cutting the lead to 7-6.
When Howie Kendrick grounded to third base, the game should have been over. But Brandon Snyder, playing his seventh game for the Red Sox, threw the ball way over Dustin Pedroia’s head at second base and the game was tied.
Snyder intended to underhand the ball to Pedroia before looking up and seeing Hamilton getting close to the base.
“I kind rushed and never got a grip,” Snyder said. “One of those plays, I can promise you there’s not a worse feeling obviously.”
Said Farrell: “He had a choice there, continuing and completing the play to first base. Elected to go to second base. His footwork didn’t quite get underneath him.
Snyder came into the game in the seventh inning when he pinch hit for Brock Holt.
Uehara struck out Mark Trumbo swinging to end the inning. But it was his third blown save.
“Koji had no room to maneuver,” Farrell said. “He was painted into a corner.”
It was probably only a matter of time before their roster moves at third base caught up to the Red Sox. They have started three different players at third base in the last week.
When Stephen Drew went down with a hamstring strain, the Red Sox moved Jose Iglesias to shortstop. Instead of recalling Will Middlebrooks, they went with Snyder, then Jonathan Diaz and now Holt.
Snyder had started one major league game at third base before this season. Diaz is a rookie middle infielder who had 47 games at third base in the minors leagues over eight seasons. Holt also is a middle infielder. He played third base for the first time in spring training. Holt played seven games at third for Pawtucket before starting tonight.