Top 9th: Red Sox 11, Angels 6
Game over. The Sox outscored the Angels 36-16 in this series. Angels pitching had 19 three-ball counts against the Sox in this game. The Sox got four RBIs from Victor Martinez, who hit a two-run homer and a two-run double. Jeremy Hermida knocked in three. All of this before a sellout 37,639 at Fenway. The Yankees are in for a three-gamn series tonight.
Top 8th: Boston 11, Angels 6
Ramon Ramirez just pitched the eighth. Sweet Caroline is playing. The Angels look like a beaten team. And with good reason. They were forced to play a night game and will now fly to Seattle for the continuation of their 10-game road trip tomorrow night. Brutal.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 11, Angels 6
Horrible pitching and fielding by the Angels accounted for four Sox runs. It all started after Dustin Pedroia’s leadoff single. Pedroia broke for second and pitcher Matt Palmer wheeled around and threw to Aybar at second, the ball buried underneath Aybar. Aybar came up and actually elbowed Pedroia in the face, but he was OK. The play was ruled a caught stealing and an error on the pitcher. After VMart grounded out to first sending Pedroia to third, Youkilis was hit with a pitch, Mike Lowell walked and Drew walked to force in a run. Beltre singled to right for another run and Howie Kendrick then butchered Jeremy Hermida’s grounder accounting for a third Sox run. Darnell McDonald helped avoid a double-play grounder by legging it out to first scoring the fourth and final Sox run of the inning.
Top 6th: Red Sox 7, Angels 6
The 1-run lead is now in the hands of the Sox bullpen. Dice-K lasted 5 1/3 until he allowed a one-out double to Juan Rivera, prompting Terry Francona to yank him after 92 pitches. Manny Delcarmen came on and surrendered a two-run homer to Mike Napoli.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 7, Angels 4
A 5-spot. The peppered Scott Kazmir and reliever Brian Stokes for five hits including a two-run double by Victor Martinez, a two-run pinch-hit single by Jeremy Hermida and an RBI double to left-center by Darnell McDonald. Kazmir also walked two batters in the inning. His line: 4 1/3 innings, six hits, seven runs, five walks, three strikeouts. He threw 107 pitches and only 59 were strikes.
Top 5th: Angels 4, Red Sox 2
Dice-K has settled in with four scoreless innings since the first inning Angels’ explosion. Dice finished the fifth with 88 pitches, not bad considering he had 39 after the first. He didn’t let a one-out double by Abreu which landed on the dirt in left field near the foul line distract him.
Bottom 3rd: Angels 4, Red Sox 2
VMart goes deep over Sox bullpen vs. Kazmir with Pedroia (walk) aboard.
Bottom 2nd: Angels 4, Red Sox 0
Sox are an LOB machine tonight. First two guys – J.D. Drew and Adrian Beltre – get on with singles and Kazmir gets the next three. Four LOBs over two frames.
Top 2nd: Angels 4, Red Sox 0
Dice-K settled in a tad needing only 8 pitches to retire the Angels. Bobby Abreu singled to left with two outs, but Pedroia made a sensational diving stop behind the second base bag and was able to handoff to Scutaro covering second for the force to rob Torii Hunter of a basehit.
Bottom 1st: Angels 4, Red Sox 0
Scott Kazmir caught Dice-K DIsease, walking two Sox hitters after two out, but survived with no damage. Mike Lowell, DHing with the lefty going, flied out to right to end the threat.
Top 1st: Angels 4, Red Sox 0
Ugly, simply ugly. Guess what Dice-K did? He walked the first two batters he faced. Erick Aybar also stole second base off Victor Martinez. All before Torii Hunter singled to center scoring Aybar. This was an interesting inning for the Angels because last night manager Mike Scioscia talked about the Angels needing to get back to putting pressure on the opposing team early in the game. You saw not only the stolen base by Aybar, but a double-steal from Abreu and Hunter to put runners at second and third. Matsuzaka then walked Matsui to load ’em up for Juan Rivera. Dice-K went 3-2 to Rivera who grounded to shortstop Marc Scutaro, but the Sox couldn’t convert the twin-killing when Kevin Youkilis couldn’t come up with a one-hit throw from Dustin Pedroia that was very scoopable. It cost the Sox dearly. Howie Kendrick’s double off the left-center wall on Dice-K’s first pitch scored two more. At this point, Scott Schoeneweis, who threw BP to one of his kids in the pregame, got up while Tim Wakefield started doing his arm exercises to get loose. Dice-K struck out Mike Napoli, but severe damage had been done. Dice-K threw 39 pitches.