At the seven and a half hour mark, Bobby Abreu got his first hit of the cricket match, er, baseball game. After going 0 for 6 in a frustrating contest that ended less than eleven hours before their next game is scheduled to begin, Abreu hit a two-out bases loaded single in the 13th inning to give the Angels their first victory over the Red Sox in seven meetings this season.
Trevor Bell was the winning pitcher, tossing four innings of four-hit ball.
Prior to a chaotic 9th inning that saw closer Jordan Walden blow his first save of 2011, Vernon Big-Bucks was poised to take his first moment in the sun, albeit on a rainy night that saw a two hour and 35 minute delay. Facing the (statistically) worst relief pitcher in baseball, Vernon Wells proved he was not lousier than Dan Wheeler, hitting a 2-Run homerun OVER THE MONSTER and banging into the lightstand.
It gave the Angels the lead in a wet, rain-delayed contest in Fenway Park that at one time had visions of a no-hitter palpitating on through it. Ervin Santana looked world-class in 4 IP, striking out 7 and cruising toward a possible no-no until mother nature got fooled by the margarine on his slider. After a long, long rain delay Rich "Midnight Oil" Thompson broke out the (literal) midnight oil and did not allow a hit in 1.2 IP buying time for the Angels bats to do something, anything.
Relief blowhard Fernando Rodney made sure to be terrible and give the Red Sox a chance in the game, but in the top of the 9th, the Angels bought some insurance with an Erick Aybar sacrifice fly to deep whatever they call the crooked village pathway warning track of that stupid ballpark. Walden would have got his the save but instead Bell got his first win. Daisuke Matsuzaka took the loss and with the absurd strike zone he was given in which to ply his trade it must really be painful for Boston to think about the hundred million plus they sunk into acquiring him.