Angels - 000 000 201 000 2 - 5 12 2 Red Sox - 000 000 012 000 0 - 3 11 0This one finally ends at 2:45 AM, as Daisuke Matsuzaka takes the loss in his first major league relief appearance. He pitched the 13th inning, allowing a leadoff single before getting two pop outs. Then he gave up another single, a walk (loading the bases), and a two-run single to Bobby Abreu.
The Red Sox rallied to tie the game in the ninth. Jed Lowrie walked and Mike Cameron singled. With Carl Crawford at the plate, the ball got away from Angels' catcher Hank Conger. Lowrie took off for third. Conger's throw was wild, and the ball (instead of going into left field) caromed off the umpire's leg out to the shortstop position.
Lowrie scored, but Cameron was thrown out on an ill-advised attempt to get to third. So Boston trailed 3-2, with no one on base and one out. Crawford doubled to left center, and after Jason Varitek struck out, Jacoby Ellsbury lined a single to right field to tie the game.
With one out in the 11th, and Marco Scutaro on first, Kevin Youkilis nearly won the game with a dong, but his fly ball hit high off the Wall, no more than a foot for two from the top. Third base coach Tim Bogar waved Scutaro home, but then changed his mind and put up the stop sign. It was too late, however, and Scutaro was gunned down at the plate.
Because of the lengthy rain delay (2 hours, 35 minutes), Boston did not get its first hit until 12:17 AM!
Check out Jere's blog for play-by-play details of the final six innings.
8:31 PM: Rain delay, with one out in the top of the fifth. Beckett: 4.1-1-0-3-3, 68. Santana has not allowed a hit: 4-0-0-1-7, 61.
Ervin Santana / Josh Beckett
Beckett and the Red Sox (14-15) will try to get to .500 for the first time this season. They were 10-11 on April 26, but lost the next two games.
Beckett has allowed the fewest H/9 in the AL (5.3). The only stingier pitcher in MLB is Florida's Josh Johnson, who has allowed a freakishly low 3.9 H/9 (18 hits in 41 innings; opposing batters are hitting .130/.195/.196).Beckett also has the third-lowest WHIP in the AL (after Dan Haren and Jered Weaver) and is 10th in K/9.
In their last 17 games, the Red Sox have a team ERA of 2.37 (2.61 RA/9 overall). They have scored 4.7 R/G over that time, hitting .265/.337/.421.
AL East: Orioles/Royals at 2 PM; Blue Jays/Rays at 6:30 PM; Yankees/Tigers at 7 PM.