8:37 PM ET, October 6, 2008
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Lowrie singles home winning run in 9th as Red Sox clinch series win over Angels
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox brushed aside the 100-win Angels in four games, dismissing their best-in-baseball regular season as last month's news.When it turns to October, no one dominates like Boston.
Don't Mean A ThingCubs, meet the Angels. For the third time since the inception of division series play in 1995, both teams with the best record in each league failed to win a series.
• The Red Sox improved to 4-0 all-time against the Angels in postseason series, having beaten them in 1986, 2004, 2007, and 2008. Boston has also won 12 of the last 13 playoff games against Los Angeles.
• Jon Lester, who threw seven shutout innings, has allowed three runs in 23 1/3 IP in his postseason career.
• Erick Aybar missed a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning. Aybar had nine bunt hits and nine sacrifices during the regular season.
-- ESPN research
Lackey was rescued from a second loss in the series when the Angels tied it in the eighth. He allowed two runs and seven hits, giving up four runs in 13 2/3 innings during the series. He was outpitched by Lester both times. ... Hunter was 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The rest of the Angels had three hits combined. ... Pedroia was hitless in 19 postseason at-bats dating to the 2007 World Series.
|5th||J Ellsbury grounded out to second, M Kotsay scored, J Varitek to second.||0||1|
|5th||D Pedroia doubled to deep left, J Varitek scored.||0||2|
|8th||T Hunter singled to right, M Teixeira and V Guerrero scored.||2||2|
|9th||J Lowrie singled to right, J Bay scored.||2||3|
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|Stadium||Fenway Park, Boston, MA|
|Attendance||38,785 (104.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||51 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim Welke|