Bobby Abreu's two-run single in the top of the 12th inning gave the Los Angeles Angels a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox, in a game long delayed by rain and played until roughly 2:45 a.m. at Fenway Park in Boston. The win snapped a six-game losing streak by the Angels to the Red Sox. The game was delayed by rain for two and half hours earlier in the game.
Ervin Santana was on his way to his best start of the season, striking out seven in four no-hit innings, but he was removed from the game after the long rain delay. Trevor Bell pitched the final four scoreless innings for the win. The Angels held a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning, but Jordan Walden allowed a pair of runs for the first blown save of his career.
With the game being played so late, things were getting a little weird on the Angels' broadcast, and television broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza took to wearing Angels' Mexican wrestling masks during the 12th inning for a rally. Well, it worked as the Angels loaded the bases in advance of Abreu's game-winning double. Hank Conger had three hits for the Angels, and Vernon Wells added his third home run of the season.
Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was asked to pitch in relief, and pitched the 12th inning, takin the loss. There is little rest for the weary, as the Angels and Red Sox turn around and play a game on Thursday at 10:35 a.m. PDT. Joel Pineiro faces John Lackey in the series finale.
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