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Angels hold off Red Sox for 6-3 victory

Angels hold off Red Sox for 6-3 victory

The bullpen door at Fenway Park opened and Blake Parker emerged, the bases loaded, his team up three runs and needing one last out in the ninth inning Saturday night.

Until three months ago, Parker was best known as the all-time saves leader for triple-A Iowa, where he spent parts of nine consecutive seasons. He just turned 32, and this is the best season of his life.

Newly shaven since he allowed his first home run of the season in his last outing, Parker first fired a fastball way outside. He inhaled, exhaled, and fired another at the outside edge. Strike. He repeated his actions for strike two. He knew then to throw the splitter, his calling card, the darting pitch that...

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