Red Sox exhale after Lowrie's error
Late rally nullifies first miscue of rookie's career as shortstop
ANAHEIM -- The baseball found Red Sox rookie shortstop Jed Lowrie in the third inning on Wednesday. That's normally a good thing for the Red Sox.Not this time. Lowrie bobbled the ground ball for an error and it almost cost the Red Sox, but they were able to rally for a 4-1 victory over the Angels in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Angel Stadium. The error was Lowrie's first as a Major League shortstop.
"I just rushed a little bit, I think I was trying to flip the ball to second before I fielded it," Lowrie said in the Red Sox's clubhouse afterward. "It kind of looked for a while there like it might be the difference."Lowrie, playing in his first career playoff game, had established a Major League record by handling 155 chances at shortstop without an error in 49 games during the regular season. But he started at 0-for-1 in the playoffs. The play occurred in the third inning after Garret Anderson's one-out single to center. Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester then struck out Mark Teixeira. Vladimir Guerrero followed with a ground ball that Lowrie bobbled to keep the inning alive. Torii Hunter made the error hurt with a single to left to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. "When the ball doesn't end up where it's supposed to, they score," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "We gave them an extra out and they scored -- that's the type of team they are. It was a tough play. He got ahead of himself a little bit." That was the only run that Lester gave up, and Jason Bay picked up Lowrie with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. The Angels weren't happen that they didn't make Lowrie's error hurt more.
"That was a big chance for us right there," Hunter said. "Lester pitched a good game, but we helped him out early. We needed to score more right there.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.