Angels 9, Red Sox 7(11)

Koji Uehara entered Saturday night’s game against the Los

Angeles Angels hoping he’d get one more chance to make the AL

All-Star team because of the last-chance fan ballot. He might want

to rethink his plans for the break.

Uehara was brought in by manager John Farrell with two out in

the ninth inning after the Angels loaded the bases against Alex

Wilson. The Red Sox were still leading by four runs, but Uehara

surrendered a two-run single by Albert Pujols and an RBI single by

Josh Hamilton before a throwing error by third baseman Brandon

Snyder allowed the tying run to score.

Craig Breslow then gave up a two-run homer in the 11th by

Hamilton that gave the Angels a 9-7 victory and snapped Boston’s

five-game winning streak.

”Unfortunately, I brought Koji into a spot where he had no room

to maneuver, and they got a couple of hits off the end of the

bat,” Farrell said. ”All in all, it was just a tough game to

lose. But we’ve had games like this already this year. Our guys are

a veteran group that have the ability to put tonight past us.”

Brad Hawpe, who came in to play first base in the 10th, singled

with one out in the 11th against Breslow (2-2). Hamilton drove the

next pitch – a fastball on the inside part of the plate – to

right-center for his 12th homer and second dramatic blast in three

nights.

It was the third pulsating 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.

”I was trying to do a little too much at the plate earlier in

the game, and then I understood that I should just be relaxing up

there like I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks,” Hamilton

said.

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

everything came apart.

The Angels got the tying run when Howie Kendrick hit a grounder

to Snyder, whose throw to second base sailed into right field,

allowing pinch-runner Collin Cowgill to score the tying run.

”I thought I was closer to the base, and my first instinct was

to think I could underhand it,” Snyder said. ”When I looked up, I

realized how far I was and Josh was coming down. I didn’t know if I

was going to make it, so I just rushed and never got a grip. There

isn’t a worse feeling.”

Uehara blew his third 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

right-hander were leadoff home runs by Kendrick in the second and

Trout in the third.

”They’re a tough lineup and you try to get through it,”

Dempster said. ”As the game went on my slider and split felt a lot

better and that helped me out a lot.”

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.

Jacoby Ellsbury singled to center on Williams’ second pitch of the

evening, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.

Trout, the only Angels player voted onto the AL All-Star team,

put them ahead 3-2 with a shot over the double-decker bullpen in

left field for his 14th home run 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.

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: Ortiz, Pedroia and teammate Clay Buchholz also made it

onto the All-Star squad. It’s the ninth time for Ortiz and fourth

for Pedroia. Buchholz is an All-Star for the second straight year,

but again will not be able to play because of injury. Last year it

was a left hamstring strain, this time a neck strain. … Ortiz’s

hit was his 1,682nd as a designated hitter, putting him within six

of Harold Baines’ record. … Victorino needs one RBI to tie Mike

Lum’s record for Hawaiian-born major leaguers (431). … 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. … John

Lackey (6-5) will oppose former Angels teammate Jered Weaver (2-4)

in Sunday night’s series finale.