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Angels walk off with 2 runs on Ramirez’s error, beat Sox 2-1

  • Los Angeles Angels' Daniel Nava, center, is congratulated by teammate as they celebrate the team's 2-1 win against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez's throwing error to the plate on Nava's bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score, and the Angels walked off with a stunning 2-1 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jae C. Hong

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jae C. Hong

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, center, shakes hands with Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, left, after Ortiz was presented by Pujols and Mike Trout, right, with a painting of Ortiz before a baseball game, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jae C. Hong

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jae C. Hong

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz is hugged by Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, left, during a presentation as Angels infield coach Alfredo Griffin watches before a baseball game, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jae C. Hong

  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, center, is greeted by teammates after hitting a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jae C. Hong

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz watches his single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jae C. Hong

  • Los Angeles Angels' Johnny Giavotella, top, throws to first base in an unsuccessful attempt to complete a double play after forcing out Boston Red Sox's Travis Shaw during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. Sandy Leon was safe at first. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jae C. Hong

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price walks off the field after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Jae C. Hong



Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Hanley Ramirez fielded the grounder to first and saw Mike Trout steamrolling toward home. Ramirez rushed his throw just enough to send it sailing – and to hand a victory to the Los Angeles Angels.

Ramirez’s throwing error to the plate on Daniel Nava’s bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score, and the Angels walked off with a stunning 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

The Angels rallied in the ninth against Boston closer Brad Ziegler (2-5), loading the bases with one out on singles by Trout, Albert Pujols and Andrelton Simmons.

Pinch-hitter Nava then poked a potential game-ending grounder to first, but Ramirez’s throw went flying past catcher Sandy Leon to the backstop, allowing Trout and pinch-runner Ji-Man Choi to end Boston’s season-high fourth straight loss.

“We just gave ourselves a chance at the end of the game,” Trout said. “(Nava) put the ball in play, and he made the defense make a play.”

Or not, in the case of Ramirez, who grimly accepted responsibility.

“That can’t happen,” Ramirez said. “I know better, and I know when I’ve got Trout on third and a ground ball, but still I’ve got to make that one. I kind of threw it and started running before I threw it.”

Ramirez’s years of defensive misadventures are the stuff of nightmares for fans of the nearby Dodgers and the Red Sox.

“That’s a routine play that Hanley has made many times over,” Boston Manager John Farrell said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t execute defensively tonight as a club. ... Knowing the speed of Trout, he burned his throw at first base, and that was that.”

Ramirez’s woes were set up by another shaky ninth from Ziegler, who lost for the second straight day and blew his third save of the season. The closer gave up a ninth-inning homer by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera on Wednesday.

“It didn’t work out, but there’s a lot of other things you can point to that went wrong,” Ziegler said.

Ziegler and Ramirez wasted eight innings of seven-hit ball from David Price. The $217 million left-hander outdueled Jered Weaver, who pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning, but was resigned to another hard-luck loss.

“I kept battling against a guy that was doing his thing,” Weaver said. “He made some good pitches, but the boys never stopped. They kept grinding, and we were able to pull it out there in the ninth. It was awesome.”

David Ortiz reached base three times as the Red Sox opened an 11-game West Coast road trip with another heartbreaker for their sixth loss in seven games.

Cam Bedrosian (2-0) pitched the ninth for Los Angeles.

Boston scored in the third when Leon singled, scampered to third on Brock Holt’s single and came home on Mookie Betts’ fly to left.