Top 9th: Red Sox 5, Angels 1
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 9th in a non-save situation to preserve Jon Lester’s win. Lester went 8 innings, allowed five hits, one earned run, two walks, five strikeouts. He threw 120 pitches. A big 4-run rally by the Sox in the 8th won this one after a terrific pitcher’s duel between Ervin Santana and Lester. Another sellout of 37,411 watched at Fenway.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 5, Angels 1
Hail Hermida! The substitute left fielder doubled over Juan Rivera’s head near the Monster with the bases loaded scoring all three runners. Rivera was shaded over to leftcenter and had a long way to go for the ball, but his route wasn’t great. Hermida had run the count to 2-2 against Kevin Jepsen who had come on to relieve starter Ervin Santana who had left after 7 innings having allowed 7 hits and 1 run with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. He threw 115 pitches. Jepsen, who walked two and then allowed a Drew single to load the bases for Ortiz., who had two strikeouts and had hit into a DP. Make that two. Ortiz grounded into the shift and it went 4-2-3. A deflating moment for the Sox and for Ortiz. Beltre drew a walk to reload the bases for Hermida. With Scot Shields replacing Jepsen, pinch-hitter Mike Lowell doubled to the left-center field gap to score the fourth run of the inning.
Top 8th: Red Sox 1, Angels 1
What a great play turned in by Dustin Pedroia with the bases loaded, tie game. Pedroia fielded Bobby Abreu’s grounder in a drawn-in infield, dove to tag Aybar going from first to second and flipped underhanded to Youkilis at first while in mid-air and got Abreu to complete the DP. Lester got out of the inning. Great game.
Top 7th: Red Sox 1, Angels 1
Very nice pitcher’s duel here. Lester has allowed three Angels hits through seven and he’s kept his pitch count relatively low at . Santana is also pitching well, but the Sox have stranded some runners. Lester is in a tremendous groove showing a great cutter and 95 mph velocity. While his scoreless streak ended at 15-2/3 innings when the Angels’ scored their lone run in the fourth, Lester has retired the last seven batters he’s faced.
Bottom 5th: Sox 1, Angels 1
J.D. Drew fanned with runners at the corners to end a Sox threat to break the tie.
Top 5th: Red Sox 1, Angels 1
Lester stranded Mike Napoil at third after the catcher doubled when Darnell McDonald was a little tentative in chasing a ball toward the centerfield trinagle which resulted in a double. Lester had retired the first two batters before the hit.
Top 4th: Red Sox 1, Angels 1
The Angels tied it and a leadoff walk to Erick Aybar ame back to haunt Lester. Torii Hunter doubled and Aybar scored on a great defensive play by Scutaro deep in the shortstop hole, making a strong throw to retire Morales.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Angels 0
So much for those no-hit pools. Jon Lester retired the first 7 batters he faced before Mike Napoli stroked a solid single to center. Lester had still pitched to the minimum 9 batters through three as the Sox turned a 6-4-3 DP to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Angels 0
The Sox rallied but no cigar. Jeremy Hermida singled with one out. After Darnell McDonald struck out, Scutaro launched his second double putting runners at second and third. But Dustin Pedroia ended the threat with a ground out.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Angels 0
Leadoff man Marco Scutaro doubled off the wall against Angels’ starter Ervin Santana and eventually scored on Victor Martinez’ ground out. Scutaro started the night on a 10-for-31 (.323) binge over his last 7 games. He’s now reached base in 23 of his last 27 games. The Sox rallied a bit more when with two outs Kevin Youkilis singled to center and J.D. Drew laced an opposite-field double into the left field corner. That brought up David Ortiz who sat last night in favor of MIke Lowell, who went 4-for-4 with 4 RBI. Ortiz, a career .333 (5-for-15) hitter against Santana, struck out on a 2-2 splitter in the dirt.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
We’re underway here as an afternoon of rain has turned into a nice night. Game time was 7:11, one minute later than the official game time. Jon Lester, fresh off a splendid 11-strikeout performance against the Jays in his last outing, has retired the Angels in order in the first. Late-arriving or late-seated crowd here. About half the park is empty, but it’s expected to be a sellout.