Victor Martinez singled home Jacoby Ellsbury to put the Red Sox on the board in the top of the fourth inning, but their lead was short-lived. The Angels delivered the equalizer in the bottom of the inning before plating three more in the seventh.
-- Extra-base hits for the Red Sox through two games of the ALDS, which they trail, 2-0.
Beckett matched Jered Weaver pitch-for-pitch until the seventh, when the Red Sox's ace was tagged for three runs that proved to be the difference in the game.
Ellsbury was a source of production for the Red Sox, going 2-for-4 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot.
Martinez drove in Boston's first run of the series with a fourth-inning RBI single that plated Ellsbury.
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Dustin Pedroia made a valiant effort to knock down Maicer Izturis' two-out single in the seventh, lunging toward second base but coming up empty as the ball scooted into center field. Izturis' knock plated the game-winning RBI.
4 AB, R, 2 H, 2 K
Ellsbury tripled to lead off the top of the fourth before coming around to score Boston's lone run of the night.
6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Comment: Beckett held the Angels in check through six frames before wearing down in a three-run bottom of the seventh.
"We've had a tough time these last two games swinging the bat. That's an understatement." -- manager Terry Francona
The Red Sox's season now rests on the shoulders of 25-year-old Clay Buchholz, who will take the ball in Game 3 on Sunday at Fenway Park.
John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.