Hamilton’s homer in 11th lifts Angels over Red Sox
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, after the Angels rallied to tie it with four runs in the ninth, and Los Angeles beat the Boston Red Sox 9-7 on Saturday night to snap the AL East-leaders’ five-game winning streak.
Brad Hawpe, who came in to play first base in the 10th, singled with one out in the 11th against Craig Breslow (2-2). Hamilton drove the next pitch out to right-center for his 12th homer and second dramatic blast in three nights.
Dane De La Rosa (4-1) earned this victory with a scoreless inning.
It was the third big comeback win at home for the Angels in less than four weeks. On June 20, they turned a 7-0 deficit against Seattle into a 10-9 win, and they rallied with three runs in the ninth against St. Louis on Thursday — including a two-run homer by Hamilton — for a 6-5 win.
Boston was leading 7-3 in the seventh when Andrew Bailey relieved injured pitcher Andrew Miller with one out and runners at the corners. He retired Mike Trout on an inning-ending double play with his first pitch.
Bailey then pitched a scoreless eighth before the Angels loaded the bases with two out in the ninth against Alex Wilson.
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara gave up a two-run single to Albert Pujols and an RBI single to Hamilton before Howie Kendrick hit a grounder to third baseman Brandon Snyder. But Snyder’s throw to second base sailed into right field, allowing pinch-runner Collin Cowgill to score the tying run.
It was Uehara’s third blown save in eight chances.
Daniel Nava tied a career high with four hits and scored twice for the Red Sox.
Boston starter Ryan Dempster allowed three runs — two earned — and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. Two of the hits off the 16-year right-hander were leadoff home runs by Kendrick in the second and Trout in the third.
Angels starter Jerome Williams gave up five runs — four earned — and seven hits in his second start in four days. Williams had a quick turnaround after allowing seven runs, four hits and four walks in 1 2-3 innings of a 12-2 loss Wednesday against St. Louis.
Trout, the only Angels player voted onto the AL All-Star team, put them ahead 3-2 when he homered over the double-decker bullpen in left field for his 14th shot and team-high 56th RBI.
The Red Sox grabbed a 5-3 lead with three runs in the fourth, the first two coming in on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s double.
Dustin Pedroia made it 6-3 with an RBI single after a triple by Shane Victorino.
Jacoby Ellsbury singled to center on Williams’ second pitch, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.
Chris Iannetta was charged with catcher’s interference when his glove made contact with Ellsbury’s bat. His two errors, plus a fielding miscue in the eighth by Hamilton in right field, increased the Angels’ season total to 67 and tied Houston for the most in the majors.
Kendrick’s homer was his 11th, three more than he had last season. The eight-year veteran, whose 105 hits are the most by an Angels second baseman before the All-Star break, finished seventh in fan balloting at his position.
NOTES: It was the 18th anniversary of Dempster signing his first professional contract with the Texas Rangers. … Both teams lined up along the foul lines for the national anthem, followed by a ceremonial first pitch delivered by Donald Yocum. His father, Dr. Lewis Yocum, was the Angels’ team physician for 36 years before his death on May 28. … Trout is the second Angels outfielder to be selected to consecutive All-Star games after beginning his career with the organization. The other is Garret Anderson (2002-03). … Ortiz, Pedroia and Clay Buchholz also made it onto the All-Star squad from the Red Sox. Buchholz is an All-Star for the second straight year, but he can’t play because of a neck strain. … Ortiz’s hit was his 1,682nd as a designated hitter, putting him six behind Harold Baines’ record. … Brock Holt, obtained by the Red Sox from Pittsburgh in December, started at third base and was 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly in his AL debut. He was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.