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Even when a 19-inning game ended, it wasn't officially over
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) celebrates with shortstop Erick Aybar (2) after he hit a solo home run in the 19th inning for a 5-4 victory against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday morning. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
They began playing Saturday night and ended Sunday morning.
The ball barely cleared the fence in right-center field, so Red Sox manager John Farrell asked for a replay challenge to find out if a fan reached below the yellow line and committed interference.
Pujols hit his 16th career walk-off homer, his first as an Angel. It came off Brandon Workman (1-6), a starting pitcher who was facing his first batter of the game.
For the last-place Red Sox, it was just another tough loss.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia stole two bases on one pitch, a key play that led to a run in the 14th inning and put the Red Sox in position to win before the Angels rallied in the bottom of the inning.
Shortstop Erick Aybar was the only Angels defender on the left side of the infield when Pedroia broke on a pitch to Ortiz. Pedroia stole second base in a close play, then noticed that nobody was covering third.
Ortiz followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Pedroia with the go-ahead run.
“We knew about it, they were prepped, unfortunately stuff happens you don’t react like maybe you should,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Pedroia’s double steal, saying it was Rasmus’ responsibility to cover third on the play. “And it was a heads-up play by Dustin Pedroia.”
Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa, who came in the game to start the inning, struck out center fielder Josh Hamilton to escape.
The Red Sox, though, scored three in the seventh — two of the runs unearned thanks to two errors — turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead.
Richards was coming off his first career shutout in his previous start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Pedroia ended the no-hit drama leading off the seventh by hitting a sharp grounder up the middle on a 95 mph fastball for a single.
A single by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes moved Ortiz to third, and that is when the Angels defense fell apart.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts followed with a sacrifice fly to center, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 lead and ending the night for Richards.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz gave up three hits to the first three hitters he faced, allowing the Angels to take a 2-0 lead. He settled into a groove from there, managing to get through eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight.