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Pujols' HR in 19th lifts Angels over Red Sox 5-4

By JOE RESNICK
Associated Press
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After the Los Angeles Angels stranded 16 runners through 18 innings - including nine in scoring position - Albert Pujols provided the biggest blow with no one on.

Pujols homered leading off the 19th inning, and the Angels outlasted the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night in the longest game in the major leagues this season.

Pujols' 514th career homer and 22nd of the season came on a 3-2 pitch from Brandon Workman (1-6). The towering drive disappeared into the seats above the 18-foot wall in right-center.

''I had the opportunity twice to give the team the lead and I didn't come through, but you just need to stay positive all the time and look for a pitch to hit,'' Pujols said following a 6-hour, 31-minute marathon in which both teams used nine pitchers, and 558 pitches were thrown. ''I did, and I put my best swing of the second half on it.''

Boston manager John Farrell made a replay challenge, claiming there was fan interference, but the home run stood.

The Angels had run out of relievers, so Matt Shoemaker (10-4) came in and retired all nine batters he faced to get the victory.

The Angels tied the game in both the eighth and 14th innings.

After David Ortiz gave Boston a 4-3 lead in the 14th with a sacrifice fly, the Angels loaded the bases with none out against Junichi Tazawa.

Mike Trout drove in the tying run with a fielder's choice grounder that scored pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta, who opened the inning with a double.

''That tells you something about this ballclub,'' Pujols said. ''We could have easily just say, `Forget it' after David Ortiz's sacrifice fly and just come back tomorrow. But Chris came back a hit a huge double and we ended up tying the game.

''A game like this can hopefully turn things around for us. And if that's the case, it's worth it to play 19 innings.''

Clay Buchholz, who gave up seven runs in each of his previous starts and threw a season-high 114 pitches last Sunday against the Yankees, took a 3-2 lead into the eighth. But Trout drove the right-hander's 115th pitch into the seats in right-center with one out for his 26th home run, and just his second in 17 games.

''As hard-fought as we played this game - as did they - sometimes extended games can feel like two losses when you come out on the short end,'' Farrell said. ''But I couldn't have been more proud of the way our guys battled through 19 innings.''

Five days after beating the Dodgers 5-0 for his first major league shutout, Angels starter Garrett Richards took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Dustin Pedroia broke it up with a leadoff single. It was the first of three straight hits, followed by two infield errors that helped Boston pull ahead 3-2.

Until then, Richards hadn't allowed an unearned run all season. The 26-year-old right-hander from nearby Riverside was charged with three runs - one earned - and three hits in 6 2-3 innings in his first career start against Boston.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Catcher David Ross, who hasn't played since Aug. 1 because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, appears on course to be activated on Aug. 17 when he is eligible to come off the disabled list.

Angels: reliever Joe Thatcher, who has missed seven games with a sprained left ankle, isn't expected back from the DL until the Angels host Oakland in a pivotal four-game series from Aug. 28-31.

ON DECK

Red Sox right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (3-4, 3.43 ERA) opposes Angels lefty Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.84 ERA) in the series finale Sunday. Santiago lost both of his starts against Boston last year while pitching for the Chicago White Sox.

 
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Los Angeles

A. Pujols
AB 9
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 8
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brock Holt, CF-RF8010040.296.343.409
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8220021.280.343.375
David Ortiz, DH6112111.245.338.490
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7110011.256.302.457
Mike Napoli, 1B5000220.267.384.450
Daniel Nava, RF3000001.248.327.310
   Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4000011.213.285.293
Xander Bogaerts, SS5001120.233.298.353
Will Middlebrooks, 3B7010033.194.279.312
Christian Vazquez, C7000023.227.293.303
Clay Buchholz, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000.000.000.000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000.000.000.000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000.000.000.000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tommy Layne, P0000000.000.000.000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000.000.000.000
   Heath Hembree, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brandon Workman, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals60463418    
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (22, Richards)
SF - David Ortiz (6), Xander Bogaerts (4)
RBI - David Ortiz 2 (84), Xander Bogaerts (29)
SB - Dustin Pedroia 2 (5, 2nd base off Rasmus/Conger)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Bogaerts-Pedroia-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz 8633281 5.99
Edward Mujica 1100000 4.75
Burke Badenhop 0.2100100 2.67
Craig Breslow 1.1100000 4.85
Koji Uehara 1000020 1.34
Tommy Layne 1100110 1.59
Junichi Tazawa (BS,4) 1211110 3.38
Heath Hembree 4200220 0.00
Brandon Workman (L,1-6) 0111001 4.45
IBB - Trout by Burke Badenhop, Kendrick by Tommy Layne, Aybar by Heath Hembree
WP - Clay Buchholz (6), Heath Hembree (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 120-76, Edward Mujica 10-6, Burke Badenhop 12-8, Craig Breslow 21-13, Koji Uehara 11-10, Tommy Layne 11-7, Junichi Tazawa 19-12, Heath Hembree 62-39, Brandon Workman 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 11-4, Edward Mujica 1-2, Burke Badenhop 2-0, Tommy Layne 2-0, Junichi Tazawa 2-0, Heath Hembree 3-7
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 31, Edward Mujica 4, Burke Badenhop 4, Craig Breslow 5, Koji Uehara 3, Tommy Layne 5, Junichi Tazawa 6, Heath Hembree 16, Brandon Workman 1
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Kole Calhoun, RF8120010.280.336.460
Mike Trout, DH8232120.299.387.575
Albert Pujols, 1B-3B9123011.274.324.480
Josh Hamilton, CF8010036.266.336.418
Erick Aybar, SS7020132.268.307.380
Howie Kendrick, 2B5020322.280.339.373
David Freese, 3B4010012.254.321.357
   John McDonald, PR-3B1000001.159.250.175
   a-C.J. Cron, PH-1B3000006.266.295.462
Hank Conger, C4000103.227.298.335
   b-Chris Iannetta, PH-C3110004.265.369.419
Collin Cowgill, LF5010012.274.354.398
   c-Efren Navarro, PH-LF2000100.269.340.398
Garrett Richards, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Smith, P0000000.000.000.000
   Huston Street, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Salas, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cam Bedrosian, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Shoemaker, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals675155714    
a-grounded out for McDonald in the 13th
b-doubled for Conger in the 14th
c-walked for Cowgill in the 14th
Batting
2B - Kole Calhoun (19, Buchholz), Albert Pujols (30, Buchholz), Josh Hamilton (16, Hembree), Chris Iannetta (18, Tazawa)
3B - Erick Aybar (4, Layne)
HR - Mike Trout (26, Buchholz), Albert Pujols (22, Workman)
SH - Kole Calhoun (2)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (84), Albert Pujols 3 (73)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1
DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Pujols, Kendrick-Aybar-Pujols-Hamilton-Aybar-Pujols, Kendrick-Aybar-Pujols-Hamilton-Aybar-Pujols-Pujols
E - Erick Aybar (7, Misplayed grounder), Howie Kendrick (9, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garrett Richards 6.1331250 2.54
Kevin Jepsen 0.2000010 1.68
Joe Smith 1000020 1.80
Huston Street 1000100 0.86
Fernando Salas 2000020 2.75
Cam Bedrosian 2100010 7.59
Cory Rasmus 2111120 2.61
Jason Grilli 1100010 3.72
Matt Shoemaker (W,10-4) 3000040 3.89
WP - Kevin Jepsen (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 104-64, Kevin Jepsen 7-5, Joe Smith 15-11, Huston Street 13-5, Fernando Salas 28-19, Cam Bedrosian 23-17, Cory Rasmus 38-24, Jason Grilli 17-12, Matt Shoemaker 41-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 10-5, Joe Smith 1-0, Fernando Salas 1-3, Cam Bedrosian 1-3, Cory Rasmus 1-3, Jason Grilli 2-0, Matt Shoemaker 3-2
Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 25, Kevin Jepsen 2, Joe Smith 3, Huston Street 3, Fernando Salas 6, Cam Bedrosian 6, Cory Rasmus 8, Jason Grilli 4, Matt Shoemaker 9
Game Information
Attendance - 42159
Game Time - 6:31
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ben May, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Dale Scott