Rapid Reaction: Angels 9, Red Sox 7 (11)
July, 7, 2013
By Dan Arritt, Special to ESPNBoston.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Boston Red Sox looked like a well-oiled machine for 8 2/3 innings Saturday night, getting production from top to bottom of their batting order and just enough quality pitching to frustrate another opponent.
But getting the final out was a different story.
Boston blew a gasket in the ninth as the Los Angeles Angels scored four runs with two outs, the last on a throwing error by third baseman Brandon Snyder, who overthrew Dustin Pedroia on a short flip to second for a potential game-ending force play.
The Angels then finished off the comeback in the 11th as Josh Hamilton belted a two-run homer off Craig Breslow to secure the 9-7 victory.
Boston closer Koji Uehara, who was forced into a speedy warm-up after Alex Wilson couldn't put a bow on the four-run lead, suffered his third blown save of the season and Boston fell to 46-3 when leading after eight innings this season. It also represented the largest blown lead by the Red Sox this season.
MILLER DINGED: Before the comeback, the only thing that went wrong for the Red Sox was a left foot injury to reliever Andrew Miller, who went down after dodging a comebacker from J.B. Shuck in the seventh inning and then collapsed after moving to back up home plate. Miller, who was facing his first batter after relieving Ryan Dempster, had posted a 1.31 ERA in his previous 20 appearances. Andrew Bailey relieved Miller and, on his first pitch, induced an inning-ending double play by Mike Trout.
JUST ANOTHER NIGHT: Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single to start the game. It was also the 23rd time he has led off with a base hit this season, second to Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates (26). Ellsbury, who stole his major league-leading 35th and 36th bases during the game, has also become proficient reaching base on catcher's interference. He reached in that fashion for the ninth time in his career in the seventh inning and third time this season.