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It was a close game tonight, even after the Sox started the game off with a 4-1 lead. The Angles just kept chipping away at the Red Sox lead until it was tied at five in the ninth inning. J.D. Drew changed all of that with a huge swing of the bat in the top of the ninth inning: a two-run homerun that put the Red Sox up 7-5. Jonathan Papelbon finished the game with a nice six-out save to send the series back out to Boston.
The pitching match-up was not quite the duel that it was in game one. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched well putting up five innings allowing eight hits, three walks, three earned runs, and struck out five. On the other side, Ervin Santana pitched five and a third innings allowing eight hits, five earned runs, and struck out three. Matsuzaka was relieved by Hideki Okajima, Justin Masterson, and Jonathan Papelbon. Santana was relieved by Jose Arredondo, Scot Shields, and Francisco Rodriguez.
Jason Bay had another great night with his second home run of the postseason, but J.D. Drew was truly the star of this game. David Ortiz lead the ninth inning off with a huge double that looked like it was just about a home run as well, but was not quite high enough. Coco Crisp, who was nearly picked off second base, pinch-ran for Ortiz. J.D. Drew then drove him in with a two-run home run. K-Rod blew the save and helped further my belief that he is overrated as a closer.
Game three is back in Fenway Park, where the Red Sox will look to improve on their new record of consecutive victories against the same team in the playoffs which is now 11 against the Angels. The Sox can put the Angels away during game three, which is Sunday at 7:17 PM in Boston.