It began in the first inning of the first game of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels. John Lackey pounded the strike zone, retiring the Red Sox in order. And with one out and no one on, Bobby Abreu faced Jon Lester. He took two balls, fouled off two pitches, took two more tough pitches and walked. Lester was then forced to work out of the stretch.Abreu worked Lester for another walk in the third inning. In the fifth, with Erick Aybar on third, Abreu got to two-and-two in the count, then took two more borderline pitches that home plate umpire Joe West called balls. Lester then threw a first-pitch strike to Torii Hunter, but on the next pitch -- his 70th of the game -- Lester threw a mistake caused by stress. Hunter hit it halfway to San Clemente, giving the Angels and Lackey a 3-0 lead. In Game 2, Abreu led off the fourth inning with a single and scored the Angels' first run against Josh Beckett. In Sunday's Game 3 clincher, with the Red Sox leading 5-2 in the eighth inning, Abreu greeted Billy Wagner with a double inside the first-base bag to begin a two-run rally that necessitated Jonathan Papelbon's entering the game in the eighth inning. Then, finally, in the ninth inning, with Boston in front 6-4, after Aybar punched a two-strike single to shallow center and Chone Figgins worked Papelbon for a walk, Abreu took a Papelbon fastball and dunked it off the wall in left field to get the Angels within 6-5. Papelbon then intentionally walked Torii Hunter. After that, Papelbon's next pitch was deposited into center field by Vlad Guerrero for a two-run single that gave the Angels the lead at 7-6.
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