Pujols' homer sinks Sox in 19 innings, 5-4

Pujols' homer sinks Sox in 19 innings, 5-4
August 10, 2014, 3:45 am
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brandon Workman has struggled in his first inning of work for much of the season. Apparently, that still applies when his first inning came in the 19th.    

Workman yielded a homer to Albert Pujols, the first batter he faced as the ninth Red Sox pitcher of the night, giving the Los Angeles Angels a marathon 5-4 victory.   

The game was the longest for the Red Sox since a 19-inning game on July 9, 2006 against the Chicago White Sox. The time of game was six hours and 31 minutes.    

Workman entered the game after Heath Hembree had turned in four heroic innings in his Red Sox debut.    

The Angels had loaded the bases in the 17th with one out, but Heath Hembree, finishing his third inning in his Red Sox debut, got C.J. Cron to fly to shallow left and got Chris Iannetta to hit into a force out.   

The game was the longest of the season for the Red Sox, eclipsing a 14-inning win on April 16 against the White Sox in Chicago and the longest game between the two teams in 42 years.     

In the top of the 14th inning, Dustin Pedroia had used some smart baserunning to steal second and third on the same pitch, alertly moving up to third when it was uncovered because of a defensive overshift.    

A sacrifice fly from David Ortiz then scored Pedroia with the go-ahead run.    

That didn't last long, however. In the bottom of the inning, with the bases loaded, Xander Bogaerts chose to go to second for the forceout while the tying run crossed the plate.    

Starter Clay Buchholz, who rebounded from a rough first inning to toss six scoreless innings through the seventh, went back out for the eighth inning having thrown 106 pitches. After one out, Mike Trout crushed a laser shot to right-center for his 26th homer of the season, tying the game at 3-3.    

The Red Sox had been without a hit for the first six innings off Angels starter Garrett Richards before Dustin Pedroia drove a single up the middle to open the seventh.    

A double to left-center by David Ortiz scored Pedroia from first. A hard single to left by Yoenis Cespedes moved Ortiz to third and when Erick Aybar bobbled a slow chopper from Mike Napoli, Ortiz crossed the plate with the tying run.    

And still the Angels' infield wasn't through helping out the Sox. What appeared to be a perfect double-play ball by Daniel Nava was instead booted by second baseman Howie Kendrick, extending the inning and Xander Bogaerts gave the Sox their first lead of the night with a sacrifice fly to center.   

It appeared as though this was going to be more of the same for Buchholz, who gave up hits to each of the first three hitters he faced, resulting in a quick 2-0 lead for the Angels.   

But Buchholz found something and got out of the first by retiring the next three hitters -- two by strikeout -- and allowed just two hits from the second through the seventh.

AT A GLANCE

STAR OF THE GAME: Albert Pujols
Pujols drove in the first two runs of the game in the first with a double, then, more than six hours later, in the bottom of the 19th, sent everybody home for the night with a walkoff homer to win the longest game of the season.

HONORABLE MENTION: Heath Hembree
It was ultimately in a losing cause, but Hembree, making his Red Sox debut, tossed four shutout innings out of the bullpen, the longest outing of his professional career. In those four innings, he allowed just two hits along with two intentional walks.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Brandon Workman
Workman, who started Thursday, was the choice when the Red Sox ran out of bullpen arms, and he didn't last long. After running the count full to Pujols, the first hitter he faced, he yielded the walkoff homer.

TURNING POINT: In the 16th, the Red Sox got a one-out hit from Brock Holt, representing the potential go-ahead run, but with Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz due, couldn't advance him as far as scoring position. That was the last baserunner the Sox had.

BY THE NUMBERS: The game marked the 10th time in franchise history that the Red Sox played a game of at least 19 innings.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Yeah, he was good...Shoot, it was so long ago, I forgot he even pitched.'' Dustin Pedroia on starter Clay Buchholz.