Boston, MA – Vernon Wells acknowledged after the Angels' 14-13 win in 10 innings that his key one-out ninth-inning homer off Alfredo Aceves wouldn't have counted had the Red Sox and manager Bobby Valentine challenged through instant replay. Valentine didn't challenge the home run that started a three-run rally that turned a two-run deficit into a one-run lead before Cody Ross homered in the bottom of the ninth.
"I didn't see anybody thinking it was not a home run," Valentine said. "There wasn't anybody on the field that didn't think it was a home run, did they? That's the first I even heard of that. No one even came back with the replay. How does it bounce straight up like that if it's not a home run?"
Told that the ball hit the lip and remained in play, Valentine took a drink of water and shook his head in frustration.
"When I hit it, I was just thinking it hit off the wall," Wells said. "Then I saw the way it bounced off so I assumed it was a home run. But once I got in [clubhouse], they told me otherwise but we'll take it. It was a great game to be a part of. We've come out on the wrong end of lot of those games in the last couple of weeks so it was good to see this team fight and score enough runs to win this game tonight."
As it turned out, Wells would've likely scored anyway as Mike Trout singled with two outs, advancing to second on a Ross error. Then Torii Hunter singled Trout home to tie the game. Mark Trumbo followed with an RBI single to center that put the Angels up, 12-11.