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The Red Sox fans who decided to deal with all the rain did not leave Fenway Park happy last night (or should we say this morning!). In a game that took 13 innings to finish, the LA Angels of Anaheim defeated the Red Sox 5-3.
The game started Wednesday night around 7:05pm and the last out was not recorded until approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday morning. The game was delayed over two hours in the fifth inning because of rain but in total, the teams were at the field for over 7 hours.
Boston was held hitless for the first six and 1/3 innings but then managed to rally back and tie in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game into extra innings.
It looked like the Red Sox were going to come away with the win in the 12th inning when Kevin Youkilis stepped up to the plate. Youkilis blasted a ball just a few feet short of going over the Monster seats and Marco Scutaro was waived home to attempt to win the game. It took a perfect relay from the Angels, but they did in fact throw Scutaro out at the plate keep the score tied.
In the top of the thirteenth inning with little to no relief pitchers left, Terry Francona called upon Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka was the seventh reliever of the night and it didn’t take long for the Angels to get to him. Howie Kendrick led off with a single and then with two outs, Peter Bourjos singled and Erick Aybar walked to load the bases. Bobby Abreu (who was 0-6 before this at bat) then roped a two RBI single to right center field to give the Angels the go ahead runs. The Sox couldn’t put another rally together in the bottom of the thirteenth and the Angels got their first win of the season against Boston.
The Sox then had to play again Thursday at 1:35pm at Fenway.