Final in 12
7:27 PM ET, October 5, 2008
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
BOSTON -- After 11 consecutive losses and two straight playoff sweeps, the Los Angeles Angels had grown tired of being a bump in Boston's road to the World Series."I don't ever want to hear about that streak again. Ever. It's over," center fielder Torii Hunter said Sunday night after the Angels beat the Red Sox 5-4 in 12 innings to force their first-round AL playoff series to a fourth game. "We were trying to get that first win out of the way and then you could see the smiles on people's faces when we got in here."
• The Angels beat the Red Sox in the playoffs for the first time since Oct. 11, 1986 (Game 4 of ALDS), snapping an 11-game skid -- the longest such streak in MLB history.
• Jonathan Papelbon threw two shutout innings and has never allowed an earned run in the postseason in 12 appearances.
• Jered Weaver went two innings in his first career relief appearance to pick up the win.
• Mike Napoli is just the sixth catcher ever with a multi-homer game in the postseason. The previous five have all been on the team that won the World Series that year (last -- A.J. Pierzynski of the 2005 White Sox).
-- ESPN research
The Angels went 68 straight playoff innings without a homer before Napoli's shot in the third. ... The paid attendance of 39,067 was the largest at Fenway Park since World War II. ... Twelve of Boston's first 15 runs in the series were scored with two outs. ... Drew was not in the starting lineup as he rested his ailing back. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... Dustin Pedroia, a candidate for AL MVP honors, is 0-for-13 in the series.
|1st||J Rivera walked, C Figgins scored, V Guerrero to third, T Hunter to second.||1||0|
|2nd||J Ellsbury singled to shallow center, J Lowrie, J Varitek and C Crisp scored.||1||3|
|3rd||M Napoli homered to left, V Guerrero scored.||3||3|
|5th||M Napoli homered to left.||4||3|
|5th||K Youkilis doubled to deep center, J Ellsbury scored.||4||4|
|12th||E Aybar singled to center, M Napoli scored.||5||4|
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|Stadium||Fenway Park, Boston, MA|
|Attendance||39,067 (105.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||55 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Marty Foster|