Hamilton's homer in 11th lifts Angels over Red Sox

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 7, 2013 at 2:03 am •  Published: July 7, 2013
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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.