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BOS@LAA: Hunter's clutch home run ties the score at 2

ANAHEIM -- Rich Thompson gave up an RBI double to Adrian Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly to Jed Lowrie in the 11th inning, and the Angels lost, 4-2, to the Red Sox on Thursday at Angel Stadium in front of 37,003.

Thompson gave up a leadoff walk to J.D. Drew and then allowed a single to Dustin Pedroia, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Gonzalez then doubled to right field, scoring Drew. Lowrie got another run for Boston in the inning on a sacrifice fly to center field with the bases loaded to plate Pedroia.

"I just didn't make pitches, that is basically it," Thompson said. "I walked the first guy and that is always going to put you in a bit of a hole. If I make a better pitch to Pedroia on 0-2, it would have been a lot better than it was."

While Thompson struck out all three batters he faced in the 10th inning, Angels manager Mike Scioscia felt the Red Sox hitters that came to the plate in the 11th had a better look at him and were able to succeed because of it.

"Gonzalez is a tough hitter and Rich didn't get a ball in the zone the way he wanted to, and then their bullpen was just a tick better," Scioscia said.

Managing only one hit through five innings against Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, the Angels had better luck in the seventh inning, when Torii Hunter blasted a two-run home run to center field, tying the score at 2.

"You know, I felt like I made pitches when I needed to, except for one," Beckett said. "And the one pitch that Torii hit actually wasn't the worst pitch I threw that inning. The leadoff walk, without that, we win, 2-1."

Looking like the Angels could take the lead in the eighth inning, Erick Aybar was thrown out at third to lead off the inning after trying to stretch a double down the right-field line off Beckett.

"I am good with the effort of going to third, but around second it seemed liked he hesitated a bit looking back to see the ball and it ended up being the difference," Scioscia said.

In the sixth inning, the Angels got their first hit off Beckett, an infield single by Aybar, but Beckett retired the next three hitters and Aybar was stranded at third.

The Angels got their first baserunner when Maicer Izturis walked to begin the fourth inning. He then moved to second on a wild pitch by Beckett with one out, but the righty retired the next two Angels to end the inning.

In his third career start for the Angels, Tyler Chatwood went six innings, giving up two runs and six hits, while walking five and striking out three for the no-decision.

Chatwood got into trouble in the first inning, when the Red Sox put runners on first and second with one out, after singles by Pedroia and Gonzalez. But, not panicking, Chatwood got Kevin Youkilis to ground into an inning-ending double play to shortstop.

Getting into another jam in the second inning, Chatwood surrendered a leadoff double off the right-field wall to David Ortiz, but he retired the next three Red Sox hitters without surrendering a run.

"He was right around the zone and threw some good low bullets," Scioscia said. "I thought he handled himself very well out there pitching out of trouble for a while."

Coming into the game, Chatwood said his game plan was to attack the Red Sox hitters early and then finish them late.

Chatwood couldn't follow through with that game plan in the sixth inning, though, giving up a two-run single to Jacoby Ellsbury, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

"It was a first-pitch fastball up and in on his hands and he just fought it off for a base hit," Chatwood said. "I was out of the zone some innings and in it in the others, but I battled through it and was able to keep my poise and focus in those situations."

Fernando Rodney got into a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning after walking two and hitting one, but he struck out Drew and got Pedroia to pop up.

Angels relievers allowed seven walks, with the club setting a new season high with 10. The Angels have lost 11 of their last 12 games to Boston.

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