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Division Series Game 3
October 7, 2007 • Angel Stadium, Anaheim

Red Sox 9, Angels 1

Box Score

          1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R  H  E
___________________________________   _______

Boston    0  0  0  2  0  0  0  7  0   9 10  0
L.A.      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1   1  8  0

The series shifted to Anaheim for Game 3, where Curt Schilling went up against Jered Weaver. Schilling had a career 9-2 record in the postseason and two World Series Championships under his belt, while the 24-year-old Weaver was making his first postseason start. But the results were the same for both pitchers through the first three innings, with each team having a few baserunners but the game remaining scoreless. The Angels loaded the bases in the bottom of the third but couldn't score. In the fourth, David Ortiz led off for the Red Sox. Big Papi had walked four times in Game 2, twice intentionally, and one of those had resulted in a walkoff home run, but Weaver had actually struck him out in the first inning of this game (only the second plate appearance in the whole series in which he hadn't reached base!) so he challenged him again. This time Papi deposited it over the right field fence, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. If the Angels were second-guessing themselves at having pitched to Ortiz, the other half of the Dominican duo proved it wouldn't have helped the situation if they had walked him. Manny Ramirez smashed a 3-2 pitch into the rock pile in center field, extending the lead to 2-0.

Weaver got through the rest of the fourth inning, and all of the fifth, with little trouble. While most of the Red Sox were kept off the basepaths, they did work long patient at-bats, and after Weaver walked Ortiz to start the sixth, he was up to 95 pitches and out of the game. Scot Shields pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh, while Schilling continued to frustrate the Angels hitters.

After Shields walked Julio Lugo to topen the eighth, Justin Speier was called in, and the fun began for the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia doubled, driving Lugo home for an important insurance run. Kevin Youkilis plated another with a sacrifice fly. Ortiz and Ramirez both reached base again, and Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew knocked them in. Before the inning was over, Darren Oliver was pitching for the Angels, and Jason Varitek and Coco Crisp also drove in runs. The 7-run eighth inning gave the Red Sox a comfortable 9-0 lead.

Hideki Okajima allowed two baserunners in the eighth, but the Angels didn't score. Eric Gagne was called on for the bottom of the ninth, but the inning was anything but clean. He allowed a double and a wild pitch, and the Angels finally got their first run of the game on a sac fly. But finally pinch-hitter Robb Quinlan flied out to right field, and the Red Sox won the game and clinched the series.

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