Angels Finally Avert Sweep, Stay Alive in 12

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 6, 2008 12:15 AM CDT
Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, left, tags out Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar after he bunted in the second inning of Game 3 of the ALDS in Boston, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008.    (Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – Francisco Rodriguez's biggest save of a record-breaking season came in a tie game. Rodriguez wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th inning, Mike Napoli hit two early homers before scoring the go-ahead run in the 12th and the Los Angeles Angels avoided another playoff sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, early this morning.

Boston had beaten Los Angeles in 11 consecutive AL playoff games, including three-game sweeps in 2004 and '07 en route to a pair of World Series titles. But the Angels chased Red Sox ace Josh Beckett early, then got six scoreless innings from five relievers. Jon Lester will face Angels right-hander John Lackey in Game 4 tonight.