Notes: Drew, Jenks sit out marathon game


Notes: Drew, Jenks sit out marathon game

By SeanMcAdam and MaureenMullen

BOSTON -- Terry Francona nearly emptied his bench in his team's 13-inning, 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday morning -- and might have used more if he'd had the option to do so.

Francona used all but one of his 13 position players. Outfielder J.D. Drew was not used because he suffered from a bout with vertigo during the game.

"He wasn't available,'' said Francona. "There were some oportunities to use him, but he wasn't doing too well. He came down and tried to hit in the fifth inning and he was all over the place.''

The Sox utilized 8 of their 12 pitchers. The only four not used were starters Clay Buchholz (who pitched Monday), Jon Lester (who pitched Tuesday) and John Lackey (who is scheduled to pitch the series finale Thursday afternoon), and reliever Bobby Jenks.

Jenks actually warmed up in the bullpen at one point with the expectation of getting into the game, but fell victim to some cramping in his arm and had to be held back.

"He was actually coming into the game,'' said Francona, "and then we got a call that his arm cramped up. So that put a wrench into things also.''

At 5 hours of playing time, it was the longest game at Fenway Park since a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in 5 hours, 2 minutes, on Sept. 10, 2008, in 14 innings. With the rain delay added in, the night was actually 7 hours and 35 minutes long.

The loss was the first by the Red Sox to the Angels since Aug. 19, 2010.

The Sox are now 1-1 in extra-inning games this season, 4-8 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

Josh Beckett started the game, going 4 13 innings before the game was delayed. It was his shortest start since April 26, 2010 at Toronto.

Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .400 (18-for-45) with 12 RBI in that stretch.

Jacoby Ellsburys game-tying, two-out single in the ninth extended his hitting streak to 13 games, a high for Sox batters this season. He is batting .351 (20-for-57) in that stretch.

Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch from Ervin Santana in the fourth inning. It was the 71st time he has been hit by a pitch, tying him with Mo Vaughn for most all-time in Sox history.

Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first career relief appearance. He entered in the 13 inning and allowed two runs, taking the loss. He falls to 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA.

Dustin Pedroia, who had never struck three times in a game before last night, struck out four times.

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NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead


NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead

LOS ANGELES - Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings, Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago Cubs moved one win from their first World Series trip in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday.

The Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship Series and will have two chances to wrap up that elusive pennant back home at Wrigley Field.

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