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Angels Drop Opener To Red Sox In Extra Innings, 4-2

The Angels lose in extra innings to the Boston Red Sox by the score of 4-2.  After striking out the side in the tenth inning, Rich Thompson took the loss in the 11th when he gave up a RBI double to Adrian Gonzalez driving in JD Drew who had walked to lead-off the inning.  Dustin Pedroia followed Drew with a single setting up Gonzalez's game-breaker.  Pedroia scored on a sacrifice fly by Jed Lowrie after a questionable call when Pedroia was called safe avoiding a tag during a rundown between third and home.  One-time Angel Bobby Jenks got the win with a perfect 10th and Jonathon Papelbon recorded his 4th save by pitching a scoreless 11th.

The Angels were fortunate they were able to stay in the game as long as they did.  Angels pitchers issued eleven walks on the night, but were able to pitch out of a number of jams, including a one-out bases-loaded situation in the top of the 8th when Fernando Rodney walked two batters and hit another.  He was able to get out of it by striking out Drew and getting Pedroia to pop out to second.  Starter Tyler Chatwood went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 5 while striking out 3.

All of the Angel scoring came on Torii Hunter's 4th home run of the season, a 417' two-run bomb to center off of Boston starter Josh Beckett.  The Angels might have had a chance to win the game in regulation when Erick Aybar lead-off the 8th inning with a double to right field, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Beckett pitched 5 hitless innings before giving up an infield single to Erick Aybar in the 6th.  On the night, Beckett allowed 3 hits over 8 innings, issuing 2 walks and striking out 5.