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Sunday, July 7, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Angels 9, Red Sox 7 (11)
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
, who overthrew
on a short flip to second for a potential game-ending force play.
The Angels then finished off the comeback in the 11th as
belted a two-run homer off
to secure the 9-7 victory.
, who was forced into a speedy warm-up after
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.
Before the comeback, the only thing that went wrong for the Red Sox was a left foot injury to reliever
, who went down after dodging a comebacker from
in the seventh inning and then collapsed after moving to back up home plate. Miller, who was facing his first batter after relieving
, had posted a 1.31 ERA in his previous 20 appearances.
relieved Miller and, on his first pitch, induced an inning-ending double play by
JUST ANOTHER NIGHT:
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
(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.