Thirteen pitches later, Pedroia notched a two-run single.
It was an epic at-bat. It lasted for more than 10 minutes. More important, it put the Red Sox ahead 3-2 en route to a 9-5 victory. Pedroia and Weaver played against each other in college, and this time, Pedroia came out ahead.
"To be honest with you, man, I was just trying to put the ball in play," Pedroia said. "Jered's tough, man. It doesn't get any better than him. I haven't won too many of those, but it was nice to drive in a couple and kind of get everything going."
Pedroia made other contributions, including gloving a ball that hit the mound and changed direction, getting a force at second base in the fifth inning. But it was his duel with Weaver that was all the talk following the game.
"Just two guys with unbelievably strong wills, and neither one of them is going to give in in that situation," Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie said. "He made a tough pitch, and Pedey was just able to hit it back up the middle and hit it hard. He won that matchup."
Said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, "It's a great at-bat. Great at-bat. We made some great pitches. Fouled off some tough pitches and got a single up the middle. We came close to putting him away, but that's a tough at-bat by Pedroia. He's a heck of a player. He's a heck of a player."
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