BOSTON (AP) – David Ortiz hit a tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the ninth, and Tim Wakefield pitched his second complete game, giving the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Boston led 2-0 before the Angels tied it with runs in the sixth and seventh. Both teams squandered chances to take the lead, but it was still tied when Ortiz offered a reprise of the clutch hitting that helped the Red Sox sweep the Angels in the first round of last year’s AL playoffs.

Wakefield (15-10) allowed two runs and eight hits and walked three, two intentionally. He struck out seven for Boston’s fourth complete game of the season and second in three games.

Scot Shields (8-11) started the ninth and struck out Edgar Renteria before Ortiz took three straight balls and fouled off two pitches. The next pitch went deep to right field – an all-too-familiar scene for the Angels.

Ortiz batted .545 in the three-game playoff series last year and hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning of Game 3 to complete the sweep.

The loss cut the Angels’ lead over Oakland in the AL West to one game. The Red Sox came into the game with a three-game lead over the New York Yankees.

Angels starter John Lackey allowed three or fewer runs for the ninth time in 10 starts. He went six innings, giving up two runs and five hits.

Both Boston runs scored in the fifth, when Johnny Damon singled with one out. Lackey then walked three consecutive batters to let in one run and threw a wild pitch to make it 2-0. Trot Nixon and Bill Mueller both grounded out to first to end the inning and strand two.

Orlando Cabrera hit a solo homer in the sixth cut the deficit to one run. The Angels tied it in the seventh when Adam Kennedy doubled with two outs and scored on Chone Figgins’ single.

The Angels got a leadoff double from Bengie Molina in the ninth but couldn’t score. Casey Kotchman hit a hard grounder to first that John Olerud stopped to save the run the first time; second baseman Tony Graffanino came home on Steve Finley’s grounder to get pinch-runner Zach Sorensen at the plate.

Wakefield has won seven of his last eight starts. The Red Sox won for the 22nd time in 25 home games.

Vladimir Guerrero was 2-for-2 and walked twice for Anaheim, which has lost five consecutive road games and 11 of their last 12 at Fenway Park, including the playoffs.

Notes: The Angels recalled LHP Joe Saunders and C Jeff Mathis from Salt Lake. … RHP Kelvim Escobar was activated from the disabled list and made his first relief appearance since May 2003. … INF Lou Merloni was recalled from rehab but not activated. … Damon was back in the lineup after missing one game with a sore left shoulder. … The Red Sox recalled RHP Manny Delcarmen and C Kelly Shoppach from Triple-A Pawtucket.

AP-ES-09-06-05 2217EDT


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