Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 8/5)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 5
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 6
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Game 3: Thursday, August 7
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Angels 9

(53-58, 22-30 away)

Red Sox 10

(65-46, 36-16 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 5, 2003

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: M. Timlin (4-3)

    L: B. Donnelly (2-2)

    S: B. Kim (8)

    Red Sox overcome 5-0 deficit to thwart Angels

    BOSTON (AP) -- Trot Nixon hit a tiebreaking single off relief ace Brendan Donnelly in the seventh inning and Boston beat the Anaheim Angels 10-9 Tuesday night despite Jeff Suppan's struggles in his return to the Red Sox.

    The Red Sox overcame an early 5-0 deficit and sent Anaheim to its third straight loss.

    Donnelly, who began the game with a major league-best 0.67 ERA, walked Manny Ramirez leading off the seventh. Ramirez took second on a groundout before Kevin Millar struck out. Then Nixon singled.

    Donnelly (1-2) had allowed just two earned runs in his first 50 innings this season. But the winning pitcher in this year's All-Star game has allowed three in 4 2-3 innings since then, including two against Oakland on July 25 when he got his first loss and blown save.

    Suppan didn't show his best stuff, either. He was 5-0 in his last six starts with Pittsburgh before coming to Boston just before last Thursday's trade deadline.

    But he left this start with the score 7-all after five innings, the most runs he has allowed in any of his 22 starts this year. And he served up three homers after allowing a total of 11 in 141 innings with Pittsburgh.

    Mike Timlin (4-3) got the win. Byung-Hyun Kim got the last three outs for his eighth save in nine chances.

    With the wind blowing out on a humid night, Scott Spiezio, Adam Kennedy and Garret Anderson hit solo homers for Anaheim.

    Nomar Garciaparra and Millar hit three-run shots for the Red Sox in a seven-run third when they took a 7-5 lead.

    The Angels led 2-0 in the second on homers by Spiezio, his 11th of the season, and Kennedy, his ninth. They made it 5-0 in the third, but the Red Sox, the best-hitting team in the majors, got Suppan off the hook in the bottom half when they rallied against John Lackey.

    Nixon doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout. With two outs, Johnny Damon walked, Bill Mueller singled and Garciaparra hit his 19th homer. Ramirez walked, David Ortiz doubled and Millar hit his 18th homer that gave Boston its first lead, 7-5.

    But Suppan gave up Eckstein's sacrifice fly in the fourth and Anderson's 25th homer in the fifth that tied it at 7.

    In the fifth, the Red Sox drove Lackey out of the game with two runs on Ramirez's run-scoring single and David Ortiz's RBI double.

    Anaheim made it 9-9 in the sixth on RBI singles by Darin Erstad and Tim Salmon against Scott Sauerbeck.

    Game notes


    Anaheim lost for the ninth time in 11 games. Boston won its second straight after losing four in a row. ... Tyler Hamilton, of Marblehead, Mass., threw out the ceremonial first pitch a month after breaking his collarbone in the Tour de France. ... The nine runs Lackey allowed broke his previous season high of seven set in his most recent game, an 8-0 loss to the New York Yankees last Wednesday. ... Suppan allowed just 13 runs in his previous six starts. ... 3B Kevin Youkilis of Boston's Triple-A team in Pawtucket had his streak of reaching base in 71 straight games broken. That left him tied with current Boston 1B Millar for the longest on-base streak in minor league history. Youkilis flied out twice and took two called third strikes in a 9-0 loss to Syracuse. Millar's streak came from 1997-99 in Florida's minor league system.

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