Anaheim at Boston

L.A. Angels
W: F. Rodriguez (5-2) L: E. Gagne (3-1)
HR: ANA - G. Matthews (16)   BOS - None

Gagne blows another one in ninth as Halos shock Red Sox

CBS wire reports

BOSTON -- Francisco Rodriguez blew the save and earned a victory. Eric Gagne had no such consolation.

Boston scored four in the eighth to take the lead against Rodriguez, only to see Gagne give it back in the ninth on Friday night when the Los Angeles Angels rallied to beat the Red Sox 7-5 and split a day-night doubleheader.

"Same things that will make you laugh will make you cry," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "They turn right around and do it to us."

Clay Buchholz gave Boston six strong innings in his major league debut to pace an 8-4 win in the afternoon. John Lackey failed to win his 16th game in the afternoon, and Josh Beckett did the same in the nightcap.

Ervin Santana pitched well in his return from the minors, retiring the first 13 batters he faced in the night game. But his bid for his first victory since June was spoiled when David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit back-to-back RBI doubles off Rodriguez (5-2) to give Boston a 5-4 lead.

The Angels had little trouble with Gagne (3-1), who was not available for comment after the game. Boston's key acquisition at the trading deadline, the former Rangers closer allowed three runs and three hits and a walk in one inning, giving up a game-tying single to Orlando Cabrera and a tiebreaking, two-run double to Vladimir Guerrero.

"That's as much of a rollercoaster as you can be on," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's one of the best comebacks we've had."

After blowing the save in the eighth, Rodriguez settled down in the ninth and retired the Red Sox in order. He was charged with one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings.

K-Rod struck out Kevin Youkilis in the ninth, though replays showed the third strike was a foul ball; Youkilis and Francona were ejected arguing the call.

"My second inning, my location was much better, and you saw the results," Rodriguez said.


  • To make room for Santana, the Angels optioned INF Matt Brown to the minors.
  • C Ryan Budde recorded his first major league hit, a line drive off Lugo's glove in the fifth.
  • Ramirez was hit by a pitch twice in the first game, the second time in his career he has been hit twice in a game.
  • Jordan Leandre, 7, a patient at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, sang the national anthem before the nightcap and got a huge ovation when he ran the bases.
  • SS Julio Lugo committed two errors in the night game.
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The Angels get to Eric Gagne, who is victimized for his third disastrous outing in seven days.   (AP)
The Angels get to Eric Gagne, who is victimized for his third disastrous outing in seven days. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5110021 .339
Orlando Cabrera, SS5221011 .309
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5233001 .323
Garret Anderson, LF3011102 .275
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4111024 .269
Maicer Izturis, 2B4011010 .263
Robb Quinlan, 1B4000012 .246
Ryan Budde, C3010012 .143
   a- Reggie Willits, PH-RF1000000 .297
Nathan Haynes, RF3000001 .219
   b- Casey Kotchman, PH0000100 .306
    Erick Aybar, PR0100000 .243
    Jeff Mathis, C0000000 .195
a-flied out for Budde in the 9th
b-walked for Haynes in the 9th
2B - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (40, Beckett, Gagne)
3B - Vladimir Guerrero (1, Delcarmen)
HR - Gary Matthews Jr. (16, Delcarmen)
SF - Garret Anderson (4)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (68), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (96), Garret Anderson (39), Gary Matthews Jr. (67), Maicer Izturis (35)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (23)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (16, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana 6.1411050 5.96
Justin Speier (H,14) 0.2000010 1.93
Scot Shields (H,27) 0.1133210 3.23
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,4; W,5-2) 1.2211010 2.96
WP - Francisco Rodriguez (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 100-64, Justin Speier 6-4, Scot Shields 19-7, Francisco Rodriguez 27-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 6-8, Justin Speier 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 2-2
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 23, Justin Speier 2, Scot Shields 4, Francisco Rodriguez 7
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF-LF3100101 .316
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4010001 .324
    Coco Crisp, PR-CF0100000 .273
David Ortiz, DH4222020 .314
Manny Ramirez, LF4011001 .293
    Alex Cora, 2B0000000 .255
J.D. Drew, RF4020001 .266
Mike Lowell, 3B4001002 .310
Jason Varitek, C4000022 .263
Eric Hinske, 1B3000020 .194
    Kevin Youkilis, 1B1000010 .294
Julio Lugo, SS3110110 .239
2B - David Ortiz (38, Rodriguez), Manny Ramirez (31, Rodriguez), J.D. Drew (23, Santana), Julio Lugo (27, Santana)
RBI - David Ortiz 2 (75), Manny Ramirez (80), Mike Lowell (81)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Youkilis-Lugo
E - Julio Lugo 2 (16, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett 7521180 3.15
Manny Delcarmen 1222001 2.81
Eric Gagne (BS,3; L,3-1) 1333100 4.12
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 104-68, Manny Delcarmen 13-9, Eric Gagne 34-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 9-6
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 29, Manny Delcarmen 5, Eric Gagne 6
Game Information
Attendance - 36538
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Adrian Johnson