Angels rally past Red Sox in ninth

Boston right fielder Mookie Betts dives for a ball against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday night.
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Boston right fielder Mookie Betts dives for a ball against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday night.
Posted Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:52 p.m.

BOSTON — Chris Iannetta hit a tie-breaking double off Boston closer Koji Uehara in the ninth inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

The Angels hadn’t recorded a hit since the fourth inning before designated hitter Brennan Boesch smacked a double off Uehara (5-3) with two outs in the ninth. Iannetta, Los Angeles’ catcher who doubled earlier in the game, drove in Boesch with another double off the Green Monster in left.

Huston Street surrendered a leadoff single to pinch hitter Yoenis Cespedes in the bottom of the inning, and intentionally walked designated hitter David Ortiz before striking out first baseman Mike Napoli for his 34th save of the season.

Joe Smith (5-1) earned the win with a perfect eighth.

Center fielder Mike Trout had an RBI triple for the Angels, who have won six of their last seven games to take sole possession of first place in the American League West.

Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton returned to the lineup after a two-game absence and went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. The slumping slugger had been 5-for-38 over his previous 10 games before removing himself from Sunday’s lineup to take a mental break.

Ortiz hit his 29th homer for the Red Sox, who have lost four of their last five games.

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision.

Los Angeles right-hander Jered Weaver allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking four and tying his season-low with one strikeout.

Boston’s Allen Webster matched him pitch for pitch, surrendering three runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander walked two, fanned three and retired eight of the final 10 batters he faced.

Alex Wilson tossed two perfect innings of relief for Boston.

Ortiz’s solo shot in the first gave Boston the early lead, but Los Angeles answered with three runs in the third.

Iannetta doubled and scored on right fielder Kole Calhoun’s single, and Trout’s triple plated Calhoun for a 2-1 lead.

First baseman Albert Pujols then made it 3-1 when he barely beat out an infield single after a sensational diving stop by third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Pujols originally was called out, but the play was challenged and overturned.

Boston crept within 3-2 in the fifth when second baseman Dustin Pedroia singled and later scored on Napoli’s groundout. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts walked to begin the sixth, moved to third on catcher Christian Vazquez’s single that ended Weaver’s night, and scored to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Brock Holt.

NOTES: Boston CF Mookie Betts made a great catch reaching over the short bullpen wall in deep center field on a ball hit by 2B David Freese in the second inning, jump-starting an inning-ending 8-4-3 double play. Angels SS Erick Aybar had singled and already was approaching third base when Betts caught the ball and easily doubled him up at first. … Angels RHP Garrett Richards (13-4, 2.53 ERA) will oppose Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (5-7, 5.79 ERA) on Wednesday.

 

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