The Angels and Boston Red Sox played 19 innings over 6 hours and 31 minutes in a game that started Saturday night and bled into Sunday morning, the second-longest game in terms of time in Angels history and one inning shy of franchise-record 20-inning games in 1971 and 1982.

So, what was another minute and half to them?

That was how long the Angels had to wait to celebrate -- in earnest-- Albert Pujols’ leadoff home run in the bottom of the 19th inning, a shot that bounced off the top of the right-center field wall and went nearly straight up before landing on the warning track and was confirmed by video review.

“It was a little different not being able to storm Pujols completely after that,” said Matt Shoemaker, who earned the win by throwing three innings of hitless relief just three days after throwing 102 pitches against the Dodgers. “As soon as he hit it and it bounced up, we thought it would be reviewed.”

Pujols’ first walk-off homer as an Angel ended a grueling game in which both teams used nine pitchers, and both teams scored in the 14th inning. The first pitch was at 6:08 p.m. on Saturday. The last pitch was at 12:39 a.m. on Sunday.

“Is this the pregame for tomorrow, too?” Manager Mike Scioscia joked at the beginning of his postgame news conference. “That was a grind. Our guys, they were wound up.
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“The adrenaline of a game like this keeps you going, but certainly, they’re going to feel it tomorrow. I think both teams will. We’re used to playing nine innings, and we played, what, 19 innings? But in the end, we got it done.”

Pujols started the game at first base and moved to third after Scioscia used first baseman C.J. Cron to pinch-hit for third baseman John McDonald in the 14th inning.