Thursday May 05, 2011 | 06:58 AM

The game lasted 5 hours ... then there was that 2 1/2-hour rain delay in the middle of it. Oh my.

I (thankfully) was not at Fenway last night. But I've spent my overtime there - Jon Lester's major league debut on June 10, 2006 began after a 5-hour rain delay.

In case you missed it, the Angels beat Boston 5-3 in 13 innings. The rain delay came with one out in the top of the fifth, and the score tied 0-0. That took Josh Beckett out of the mix. Terry Francona's options began to dwindle. Long reliever Tim Wakefield had been used as a starter on Sunday and had limited availability. Plus, Bobby Jenks suffered a cramp in his arm and was unavailable.

So Boston had to use, among others Dan Wheeler (yielding a 2-run homer) and Hideki Okajima into a third inning (he gave up a run) and finally, Daisuke Matsuzaka, who gave up the final two runs in the 13th.

Sox had chances. Mike Cameron was thrown out at third, trying to advance on a wild throw in the ninth (he would have scored later since Carl Crawford then doubled) ... in the bottom of the 12th, Marco Scutaro was thrown out at home, trying to score from first on Kevin Youkilis' double off the Wall.

Now Boston has a 1:30 p.m. game today. Look for roster chances. Jenks and/or Wheeler could go on the DL ... So could J.D. Drew, who missed Wednesday night/Thursday morning's game with vertigo ... and Okajima could be sent down.

 

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