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Final: Angels 7, Red Sox 3

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  August 22, 2012 07:22 PM

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Game over: We knew the Red Sox would be a factor in this wild card race. They have managed to keep the Angels alive. Clay Buchholz was extremely disappointing looking more like the pitcher he was the first half of the season. A poor effort by the Red Sox all around. Looks like a team that's packed up and gone home with the exception of Dustin Pedroia, who plays hard all the time. Sox put two on in the ninth but Adrian Gonzalez flew out to left. The game was played in 3:14 before 37,373.

Top 9th: Angels 7, Red Sox 3 Mark Melancon mows those Angels down.

Bottom 8th: Angels 7, Red Sox 3 Sox show a little life with emphasis on little. Dustin Pedroia hustled out an infield hit and scored on a Cody Ross double to right and a throwing error by Torii Hunter.

Top 8th: Angels 7, Red Sox 2 One of the weirdest caroms off the wall you'll ever see, I thought with the ball darting sideways toward right center on Chris Iannetta's drive. Then WBZ's Jon Miller said he saw the same carom in batting practice earlier by an Angel hitter. So they practice this stuff? Anyway, it went for a triple, but Tazawa escaped.

Bottom 7th: Angels 7, Red Sox 2 Looks like Scott Podsednik cares - three hits and a steal. Ellsbury takes an 0-for-4.

Top 7th: Angels 7, Red Sox 2 The rare three-up, three down by the Halos.

Bottom 6th: Angels 7, Red Sox 2 A couple of Ks by Ross and Salty and a ground out by Lavarnway. Team looks like it's completely beat.

Top 6th: Angles 7, Red Sox 2 Buchholz, Boston's ace, threw another meatball to Howie Kendrick who lined it in to the Monster seats. Buchholz, who allowed 12 hits and was charged with seven runs, was replaced Junichi Tazawa. The righty struck out Chris Iannetta, then allowed an infield single to the speedy Mike Trout to load the bases. Torii Hunter singled in two more runs.

Bottom 5th: Angels 4, Red Sox 2 Quicky inning for the Sox - Ellsbury, Pedroia and Gonzalez - three up and three down.

Top 5th: Angels 4, Red Sox 2 Good Houdini act by Buchholz. Gave up a single to Iannetta and a walk to Trout. Long fly ball to right center by Torii Hunter advanced the runners. Wells, who came into the game for Pujols (right calf strain), grounded to third where Ciriaco gunned down a run at the plate. Buchholz then retired Morales to get out of the inning.

Bottom 4th: Angels 4, Red Sox 2 It's become laughable that Adrian Gonzalez has taken to fake the bunt against the shift when it would be almost impossible for him to beat it out considering he jogs to first base. Nice two-out rally for Sox. Ryan Lavarnway, DHing tonight, flashes a little power with a double high atop the centerfield wall scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia who singled to left with two outs. Mike Aviles then doubled just over Vernon Wells' glove in left scoring Lavarnway. Ciriaco, another guy who hustles, beat out an infield single to put runners at first and third. Podsednik grounded out to end the inning.

Top 4th: Angels 4, Red Sox 0 Clay Buchholz not himself tonight. He hasn't allowed four runs since July 14 vs. Tampa Bay. Pujols doubled and was knocked in after a ground out by Kendry Morales, on a single up the middle by Mark Trumbo. On the ground ball out, Mike Aviles had a play at third and looked over there but didn't throw and elected to take the safer out at first. It wound up costing Boston a run. After Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught Mark Trumbo stealing, Howie Kendrick doubled to right and rode home on an Izturis single up the middle. Pujols did not come out after the inning replaced by Trumbo, who switched from left to first and Vernon Wells went to left.

Bottom 3rd: Angels 2, Red Sox 0 Not a great night for Jacoby Ellsbury, who hit third in the order Tuesday night and second tonight. He knocked into a DP in the first and popped out to right with two on in the 3rd. Dustin Pedroia lined out to left to end the threat.

Top 3rd: Angels 2, Red Sox 0 With the way Weaver looks the two runs the Angels just scored off Buchholz may be tough to overcome. The Angels strung together three singles by Maicer Izturis, Erick Aybar and Chris Iannetta to produce one run. Mike Trout's 6-4-3 double-play grounder got the second run in.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0 Not hearing a lot of good sounds when the Sox make contact with Weaver's pitches tonight. They go down again in the second as Cody Ross, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway look pretty over-matched.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0 Solid inning for Buchholz, who was relaxing before his outing by strumming on his guitar which has become a ritual for him.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0 One guy who can never be accused of dogging it is Dustin Pedroia. He was struck out by Jered Weaver, but Chris Iannetta let the ball get by him and Pedroia ran hard to first and beat the throw. He also stole second base, but he was stranded.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0 When Clay Buchholz pitches you know the Red Sox have a chance. Buchholz got out of the first inning even after allowing a two-out single to Albert Pujols, who was thrown out trying to stretch his hit off the wall into a double by leftfielder Scott Podsednik.

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