Final: Angels 5, Red Sox 3

Game over: Angels 5, Red Sox 3

The Sox went quietly. Great work by Trevor Bell, who went 4 shutout innings. Game time was 5 hours plus the 2:35 delay.

Middle of the 13th: Angels 5, Red Sox 3

Dice-K had two outs and a runner on first and could not escape. Bourjos singled and Aybar walked to load the bases. Abreu, who had been 0 for 6, drove in two with a single to right.

Amazingly, still a few hundred folks here.

Top of the 13th: Angels 3, Red Sox 3

Crazy inning. Pedroia (6 of his last 50) struck out. Scutaro singled up the middle. Youkilis followed with a double to the base of the wall in left. Scutaro was waved around by third base coach Tim Bogar, who threw up the stop sign too late. Scutaro went to the plate and was thrown out.


McDonald’s infield single moved Youkilis to third. But Lowrie grounded to first.

Now Dice-K is making his first MLB relief appearance. No word on what’s the deal with Bobby Jenks.

Middle of the 12th: Angels 3, Red Sox 3

Bard struck out Abreu and Izturis then walked Hunter before getting Callaspo to ground to second. His line: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

Bell stays on the hill for Anaheim. Due up: Pedroia, Scutaro, Youkilis. Pedroia is 0 for 5 and 6 for his last 49.

Top of the 12th: Angels 3, Red Sox 3

Bell retired the Sox in order. This is getting a little stupid now. The next game starts in 11.5 hours.

Bard stays in as Dice-K warms up.


Here’s how many people are left here

Middle of the 11th: Angels 3, Red Sox 3

Bard pitched that inning and allowed a double by Conger. But he struck out Bourjos and got Aybar on a grounder that he fielded. Matsuzaka, the scheduled started for Friday, is now warming up.

Top of the 11th: Angels 3, Red Sox 3

Facing Trevor Bell, Ortiz walked with two outs and was replaced by pinch runner Darnell McDonald. Lowrie then hit a pop over third that landed on the line. McDonald went to third.


Cameron, who made the base-running blunder in the ninth inning, had a chance to win it but grounded to second.

Middle of the 10th: Angels 3, Red Sox 3

Papelbon worked around a one-out single by Hunter by striking out Callaspo and Kendrick. These teams are going to be tired tomorrow.

Top of the 10th: Angels 3, Red Sox 3

Wild inning there. Lowrie walked. Cameron then singled. With Crawford at the plate, Walden threw a wild pitch that moved the runners up. Conger threw to third to try and get Lowrie and the ball deflected away.

Lowrie scored but Cameron was thrown out by the shortstop trying to go to third. Crawford then doubled, magnifying Cameron’s mistake.

Walden struck out Varitek, but Ellsbury singled to right field on a 3-2 pitch to tie it. The struggling Pedroia grounded to short for the force.

We go to extra innings, but no Gonzalez in the lineup.

Middle of the 9th: Angels 3, Red Sox 1

Francona stuck with Okajima for a third inning, a risky proposition but he probably didn’t want to waste anybody else with a day game tomorrow.

Wells singled with one out before Conger singled, sending Wells to third. In came Tim Wakefield. Bourjos walked to load the bases. Aybar’s sac fly to center scored a run. Ellsbury threw to third, a bad idea because Bourjos tagged up and went to second.

It didn’t matter as Abreu flied to right.

Last call for the Sox against Jordan Walden, the Los Angeles closer.


Top of the 9th: Angels 2, Red Sox 1

Varitek led off with a double down the right-field line. He advanced on a groundout by Ellsbury. Pedroia then struck out for the third time, the first time he has done that in his career.

Gonzalez was next and he hit a little dribbler to the left side of the plate. Rodney fielded it and tried to flip to the catcher, who was near him. The ball rolled into foul territory. Varitek scored and Gonzalez, who was credited with an RBI single, went to second on the error.

Scutaro replaced Gonzalez as a runner. Youkilis singled to left but too hard for Scutaro to score on the arm of Wells. Ortiz then lined to center.

Pedroia is 6 of 48 (.125) in the last 12 games with no extra-base hits, 12 strikeouts and four RBIs. He has swung and missed at pitches at an alarming rate this season, far more than usual for him.

Middle of the 8th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0

Okajima retired the side in order. He set down all five batters he faced. Now Fernando Rodney in for the Angels. There are still a few thousand hardy fans here, all clustered around the plate.

The next game starts in 13 hours.

Top of the 8th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0

Cameron flied to fight and Crawford hit a line drive that Downs stopped. It’s also raining again.

Bottom of the 7th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0

Youkilis walked before Ortiz struck out looking. Lowrie then singled to right. The Red Sox have were last no-hit at Fenway Park by Jim Bunning on July 20, 1958.

Middle of the 7th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0

Okajima ended the inning without further damage. Wheeler has an 11.32 ERA through 11 outings, having allowed 18 hits in 10.1 innings.

Top of the 7th: Angels 2, Red Sox 0

The tough times continue for Dan Wheeler. Here’s how the inning started:

Double off the wall by Kendrick
Home run off the LF light tower by Wells
Walk to Conger
Bourjos fly to deep center

Now Okajima is in

Top of the 7th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Ellsbury reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and moved to third when Pedroia flied out. Gonzalez was next and the Angels called in lefty Scott Downs. Gonzalez grounded to shortstop to end the inning.

The Sox do not yet have a hit.

Middle of the 6th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Albers worked around a leadoff double by Aybar. Another solid outing for him.

Top of the 6th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

No hits for the Sox yet as Thompson sets down the side in order.

Middle of the 5th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

The game resumed at 11:05 p.m. The Sox announced that fans were welcome to take any open seat. So the hardy few thousand still here are all in the pricey seats.

Meanwhile John Henry and Larry Lucchino served free coffee and hot chocolate.

Matt Albers replaced Beckett and finished the top of the 5th. Beckett’s line: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 68 pitches, 38 strikes. Rich Thompson replaces Santana, who threw four no-hit innings. Tough break for him.

Weather update, 10:38 p.m.: The game will resume at 11:05 p.m. Seems safe to assume Josh Beckett and Ervin Santana are done for the night.

Weather update, 10:30 p.m.: The game is still in a delay and the Red Sox plan to try and finish it from what we’ve been told.

Top of the 5th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Beckett struck out Kendrick then the umpires called for the tarp. The delay started at 8:31 p.m.

The game could turn on this decision. Santana had a no-hitter going and Beckett a one-hitter. If the delay goes for 45 minutes, the teams could be forced into their bullpens.

Top of the 5th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Santana hit Youkilis in the hand with a pitch with two outs but came back to strike out Ortiz.

Youk has been hit by a pitch 72 times, tying Mo Vaughn for the team record. The Bruins now lead 3-0. Pie McKenzie lit the lamp.

It’s starting to rain again at Fenway.

Middle of the 4th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Beckett walked Izturis but Beckett gunned him down trying to steal. Beckett then struck out Hunter looking and got Callaspo on a fly ball to deep center.

There has been one hit in this game. My belief is the teams have a secret pact to play fast in case it really starts to pour.

Top of the 4th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Santana has been perfect other than walking Gonzalez in the first inning. He has thrown only 41 pitches.

Middle of the 3rd: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

The rain has abated. So has Beckett’s shakiness. He has retired seven in a row.

As of right now, Red Sox starters have an 0.96 ERA against the Angels this season (5 ER in 46.2 IP).

Top of the 3rd: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Beckett had a 1-2-3 inning and looked much sharper. Then Santana struck out the side. Ortiz went down swinging after fouling a ball off his right ankle.

The Bruins’ score is on the scoreboard in left on the National League side.

Top of the 2nd: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Ellsbury flied to left, Pedroia struck out swinging, Gonzo walked and Youkilis flied to right. My advice would be to have a lead by the end of the fifth inning. Betcha they play through the rain to get this one in. There are few alternatives.

The umps were meeting after the inning with groundskeeper Dave Mellor.

Middle of the 1st: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

The Angels have to be beyond frustrated. They loaded the bases with one out and Callaspo grounded into a textbook 4-6-3 double play.

Shaky, shaky inning for Beckett. He walked Aybar on four pitches. Abreu than hit a bomb to the triangle that Ellsbury tracked down. Izturis singled and Hunter walked.

22 pitches, 10 strikes. And it’s raining again. 2-0 Bruins across town at the Garden. Espo and Hodge scored.

Top of the 1st: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

We are underway at 7:10 with a lot of empty seats at Fenway Park. Folks must have either decided against coming or waited to see what happened.

Kudos to the grounds crew for getting the field ready so quickly.

Pre-game: Good evening from Fenway Park, where the rain has stopped and there will be baseball. The Sox are 15-1 against the Angels since the start of last season, outscoring them 104-49.

Mike Scioscia refused to talk about it last night. Terry Francona said earlier today he could come up with no good reason for the streak beyond good timing.

The Red Sox are 12-5 in the last 17 games and here’s why: 152 IP, 122 H, 40 ER, 50 BB, 117 K. That’s a 2.37 ERA. We’ll how Josh Beckett looks tonight as he goes on six days’ rest.

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