Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

LA Angels leads 3-0 (as of 8/20)

Game 1: Monday, August 18
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 19
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 20
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Game 4: Thursday, August 21
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Angels 8

(75-50, 34-27 away)

Red Sox 3

(56-70, 29-36 home)

    Coverage:  ESPN2/WatchESPN

    7:00 PM ET, August 20, 2014

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: C. Rasmus (3-1)

    L: C. Buchholz (5-8)

    Josh Hamilton breaks out with 3 RBIs as Angels drub Red Sox

    Associated Press

    BOSTON -- Garrett Richards lay on the ground for several minutes, his left knee damaged and his season seemingly over.

    The right-hander's injury while running to cover first base is a big loss that overshadowed the Los Angeles Angels' seventh win in eight games.

    "Winning the game, obviously, it's always important, but it's secondary to what happened," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after an 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. "This is a tough night for us. We'll just see where Garrett is. Obviously, it's a significant injury."

    Richards, 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA, left after 1 2/3 innings with a patellar injury. He will be re-evaluated Thursday in Los Angeles.

    "I had a chance to talk to him," Angels pitcher Jered Weaver said. "He just wanted to know what the story was. He wasn't feeling too much pain when he was on the table. When the doctor came in and told him that he might have done something to his patellar tendon and there might be surgery involved, he kind of lost it."

    The injury cast a cloud over a strong game by Josh Hamilton, who broke out of a 5-for-41 slump with two hits and three RBIs. Before Tuesday's game, he took extra batting practice.

    "Clearing my head and just remembering what it was like as a little kid, in high school, to go out and take BP and have fun," Hamilton said. "It sure helped."

    Richards left trailing 2-0. Boston made it 3-0 on David Ortiz's homer in the third off Cory Rasmus (3-1).

    That gave Ortiz his eighth 30-homer season with Boston, tying Ted Williams' club record. Ortiz went 4-for-4 and is 8-for-10 in the series with four walks. Alex Hassan pinch hit for him in the ninth and grounded out.

    "He was starting to get a little sore. He's obviously been on base this entire series, and he started to get some tightness," Boston manager John Farrell said.

    The Angels scored a run in the fourth on a double by Hamilton and an RBI single by Howie Kendrick, and added five in the fifth.

    Clay Buchholz (5-8) took a 3-1 lead into the fifth but let the first six batters reach base. That sent Boston toward its fourth straight loss and the Angels to a 1 1/2-game lead in the American League West over the Oakland Athletics.

    "Just missed location with a couple of pitches, and they were able to put a big inning together," Buchholz said.

    The Angels loaded the bases on a single by Erick Aybar, a walk to Chris Iannetta and a single by Efren Navarro. A walk to Kole Calhoun drove in a run, and Los Angeles tied it when Mike Trout's popup to short right field dropped in. Calhoun was forced out at second after holding up to see whether the ball would be caught.

    The next three batters drove in runs: a single by Albert Pujols, a sacrifice fly by Hamilton and a single by Kendrick.

    Richards left the field on a stretcher after being hurt on a potential double-play grounder. Brock Holt grounded to first baseman Pujols, who threw to shortstop Aybar for the out at second. Richards fell while running to first for a return throw, but Aybar spun and threw instead to third, where Xander Bogaerts, who had run past the base, dove back safely.

    "Garrett's taking this hard," Scioscia said. "This is a huge blow for him."

    TRAINER'S ROOM

    Angels: Hamilton played center field as Trout was switched to designated hitter. Scioscia said nothing was physically bothering Trout, but he wanted to give him some rest.

    Red Sox: Catcher David Ross started following a stint on the disabled list with right plantar fasciitis. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks didn't play after straining his right hamstring while running out an infield single in the Angels' 4-3 win Tuesday night.

    UP NEXT

    Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (11-4, 3.84 ERA) pitches Thursday night as the Angels go for a four-game sweep. Shoemaker last faced the Red Sox on Aug. 9, when he shut them out for the last three innings of the Angels' 5-4 win in 19 innings.

    Red Sox: RHP Rubby De La Rosa (4-4, 3.79) goes for the Red Sox. On Aug. 10, he allowed one run in seven innings in a 3-1 win over the Angels.

    WASTED CHANCES

    The Red Sox left 10 runners on and were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. In the first three games of the series, they've stranded 41 runners and are 2-for-39 with runners in scoring position.

    WHAT A RELIEF

    Six Angels relievers allowed one run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and two walks. One night after getting his 34th save, Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth.

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    Game Information

    StadiumFenway Park, Boston, MA
    Attendance35,136 (94.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:42
    Weather70 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind8 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Mike Winters, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Tom Woodring

    Research Notes

    Entering his start tonight, Richards was the 5th-most valuable pitcher in the AL this season according to Wins Above Replacement. The next-closest Angels pitcher is Jered Weaver with 2.0 WAR.
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    The Angels are 19-7 (.731) when Garrett Richards starts this season but just 56-43 (.566) when anyone else does. According to Elias, their .731 win percentage with Richards on the mound is the best for any starter in the American League this season (min. 15 starts).
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    David Ortiz's 30th HR of the season gives his eight 30-HR seasons with the Red Sox, tied with Ted Williams for the most in franchise history.
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    Garrett Richards is tied for the AL high this season with 85 strikeouts in at-bats to end in his slider. Xander Bogaerts has an AL-high 41 strikeouts in at-bats to end in a slider this season; Boston is hitting an MLB-low .179 in at-bats to end in a slider from a righty.

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