April 21, 2011: Red Sox 4, Angels 2

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April 21, 2011: Red Sox 4, Angels 2

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

ANAHEIM, Calif -- For much of the night on Thursday, the Red Sox couldn't buy a hit with runners in scoring position. Then, up came Adrian Gonzalez with runners on the corners and no out in the top of the 11th inning.

Gonzalez turned on a pitch and drove it into right field for a run-scoring double and Jed Lowrie later added a sacrifice fly, sending the Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in Boston's first extra-inning contest this season.

The Sox had had numerous chances earlier, including two on and no out in the seventh, then loading the bases with one out in the eighth, but couldn't cash in. Until Gonzalez's at-bat, the Sox had been 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Bobby Jenks got the win with the save going to Jonthan Papelbon. Josh Beckett pitched a gem, allowing two runs on three hits over eight innings, but got a no-decision for his effort.

The Angels had pulled even in the seventh when Beckett made one of his few mistakes all night, leaving a 3-and-2 fastball over the middle of the plate to Torii Hunter, who drove a pitch out to straightaway center for a two-run homer.

The Sox had snapped a scoreless tie in the sixth when, after walks to Carl Crawford and Jason Varitek, Jacoby Ellsbury dropped a broken-bat bloop single into right field, scoring both baserunners.

Beckett didn't allow a hit until the sixth and threw 125 pitches, the second-highest total of his career.

Player of the Game: Adrian Gonzalez

Though he hasn't struggled nearly to the degree that fellow newcomer Carl Crawford has, Gonzalez hasn't had much of an early-season impact on the offense. Before Thursday night, he was tied for fourth in RBI. But he delivered the big hit that had eluded the Red Sox all night when he doubled home J.D. Drew in the top of the 11th inning.

The Angels had Gonzalez shaded to left, but the first baseman nicely turned on a pitch and pulled it into a gaping space in right.

Honorable Mention: Josh Beckett

Beckett turned in his third straight outstanding start, limiting the Angels to just two runs on three hits over eight innings. He deserved the win, but the Sox stranded baserunners left and right and couldn't get the go-ahead run while Beckett was the pitcher of record.

The Goat: Eric Aybar

Aybar laced a ball into the right-field corner leading off the eighth, but foolishly
attempted to go for a triple. A terrific relay by Dustin Pedroia cut down Aybar at third.

The Angels are an aggressive club by nature, but Aybar would have done well to put himself into scoring position with no out. Instead, he ran the Angels out of the potential go-ahead run late in the game.

Turning Point: Gonzalez comes through

Inning after inning, the Red Sox failed to come up with a big hit when they needed it most. Then came Gonzalez in the top of the 11th, producing the go-ahead run with a double pulled into the right field corner.

Until then, the Sox had been a putrid 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

By the Numbers: 15

The Red Sox left 15 runners stranded, compared to the three for the Angels.

Quote of Note:

"I'll take 15 runners stranded with a win. Doesn't matter how many hits you get or

how many you strand as long as you get the win." -- Adrian Gonzalez

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.