The Sports Xchange

By Joe Haakenson, The Sports Xchange

Angels 5, Red Sox 4 (19 innings)

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols led off the 19th inning with a home run, lifting the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox early Sunday morning at Angel Stadium, ending the longest game in Angel Stadium history.

Even when the game appeared to be over, it wasn't. The ball barely cleared the fence in right-center field, so Red Sox manager John Farrell asked for a replay challenge to find out if a fan reached below the yellow line and committed fan interference.

After a short review, the home run stood, and the Angels could celebrate.

Pujols hit his 16th career walk-off homer, his first as an Angel. It came off Brandon Workman (1-6), a starting pitcher who was facing his first batter of the game.

Starter-turned-reliever Matt Shoemaker (10-4) threw three scoreless innings to get the win and end the Angels' four-game losing streak.

It was a game that had a little bit of everything, maybe too much of everything. Each team used nine pitchers.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia stole two bases on one pitch, a key play that led to a run in the 14th inning and put the Red Sox in position to win the game before the Angels rallied in the bottom of the inning.

Pedroia was on first base with one out and designated hitter David Ortiz at the plate. The Angels had the shift on for Ortiz, with third baseman Pujols playing on the right side of the infield.

Shortstop Erick Aybar was the only Angels defender on the left side of the infield when Pedroia took off on a pitch to Ortiz. Pedroia stole second base in a close play, then noticed that nobody was covering third.

Pedroia took off for third and easily beat pitcher Cory Rasmus in a race to the bag.

Ortiz followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Pedroia with the go-ahead run.

The Angels rallied in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with no outs and putting designated hitter Mike Trout in position to be the hero.

Instead, Trout grounded into a fielder's choice, driving in catcher Chris Iannetta from third with the tying run. The Angels had the potential winning run on third with one out and Pujols up, but Pujols couldn't get the run home, grounding out to third.

Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa, who came in the game to start the inning, struck out center fielder Josh Hamilton to escape.

The game lasted six hours, 31 minutes, so long that Angels starter Garrett Richards' no-hit bid was long forgotten. Richards took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

The Red Sox, though, scored three in the seventh -- two of the runs unearned thanks to two errors -- turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead.