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Nine of the 13 runs scored in Game Five of the American League Championship Series crossed the plate after the starting pitchers were removed from the game. First, Angels manager Mike Scioscia took out John Lackey with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, even though the right-hander was throwing a six-hit shutout with seven strikeouts. Southpaw Darren Oliver entered and immediately surrendered a bases-clearing double to Mark Teixeira on the first pitch, intentionally walked Alex Rodriguez and gave up an RBI single to Hideki Matsui. The reliever left after recording no outs while blowing a four-run lead. Next up for Los Angeles was Kyle Jepsen, who allowed a two-run triple to Robinson Cano. Lackey left the game with the Angels up, 4-0, but by the time the top of the seventh ended, ...

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