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Erstad, Anderson rally Angels past Red Sox

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If the Anaheim are down, they're usually not out of it. hit a tying homer in the eighth inning, and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly as the rallied past the Boston 5-4 Monday night. It was Anaheim's 31st come-from-behind win in 63 games. "When you're a team that's always in those one-run games and you're always having to come back to win, it says a lot more about your character," said , who tripled for the first time this season in the eighth. "We'd love to have easy wins all year long, but I don't think that says much down the road because the further you get, the tighter the games are going to get." Anaheim maintained its lead in the AL West by percentage points over Seattle. Boston fell five games behind the New York in the AL East. "They're no slouches by any means," Boston reliever said of the . "It's going to be a tough race for the wild card and a tough race in our division." Erstad hit his seventh home run leading off the eighth against Embree, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. "I just made one bad pitch," Embree said. "I was disgusted with it." Salmon followed with a triple off the right-field wall that bounced away from as he leaped for it. made a diving catch of Anderson's fly to center, but Salmon scored for a 5-4 lead. "I was thinking three the whole way because I know what can happen over there, in that corner it can bounce off," Salmon said. "As soon as I hit it, I said, `If he doesn't catch it, I've got to be on third base."' Embree (0-1) gave up two runs on two hits in one inning. "He threw the ball well, but he hung a breaking pitch to Erstad and it ended up in the seats," Boston manager Grady Little said. "But we're surely glad to have this kid back in the bullpen. He's got a good arm and he's going to mean a lot to us." pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 26 opportunities, retiring Damon on a comebacker with runners at first and second for the final out. (8-7) retired on a double-play grounder to end the eighth. The had little support among the mostly pro-Boston crowd of 27,929 until their eighth-inning comeback. The fans stayed on their feet in the ninth. Anaheim has won nine of its last 10 games at Edison Field and are second in the AL with 34 home wins. "When the and the come to town there's always a big following. They tend to make a lot of noise," Salmon said, "but it was nice to see our fans get up and get excited." Boston took its first lead of the game, 4-3, in the sixth on 's two-out solo homer. 's two-run homer in the fourth tied it at 3. The have 20 homers in their last nine games. Anaheim led 1-0 on Anderson's two-out RBI single in the first. Daubach's RBI single tied it in the second, but the regained the lead in the bottom half on 's solo homer on an 0-2 pitch - his sixth of the season. Anaheim took a 3-1 lead in the third on Salmon's RBI groundout that scored , who led off with a single and stole second.
Tagged: Red Sox, Angels, Yankees, Jason Varitek, Johnny Damon

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