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Hamilton drives in three runs as Angels beat Red Sox, 8-3

  • Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout trots to the dugout after scoring on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly as Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, right, walks back to the mound in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout trots to the dugout after scoring on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly as Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, right, walks back to the mound in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols gestures after scoring on a single by Howie Kendrick in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols gestures after scoring on a single by Howie Kendrick in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards grimaces as he is attended to on the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards grimaces as he is attended to on the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Fans applaud as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards is wheeled off the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Fans applaud as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards is wheeled off the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz delivers to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz delivers to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Angels center fielder Josh Hamilton slides to catch a line drive by Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Los Angeles Angels center fielder Josh Hamilton slides to catch a line drive by Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Angels' Collin Cowgill dives back safely to third base after running past it on a soft ground-ball single by Albert Pujols in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The Angels won 8-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Los Angeles Angels' Collin Cowgill dives back safely to third base after running past it on a soft ground-ball single by Albert Pujols in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The Angels won 8-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout signs autographs for fans prior to a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout signs autographs for fans prior to a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout trots to the dugout after scoring on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly as Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, right, walks back to the mound in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout trots to the dugout after scoring on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly as Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, right, walks back to the mound in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout trots to the dugout after scoring on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly as Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, right, walks back to the mound in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols gestures after scoring on a single by Howie Kendrick in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards grimaces as he is attended to on the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Fans applaud as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards is wheeled off the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz delivers to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Los Angeles Angels center fielder Josh Hamilton slides to catch a line drive by Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Los Angeles Angels' Collin Cowgill dives back safely to third base after running past it on a soft ground-ball single by Albert Pujols in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The Angels won 8-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout signs autographs for fans prior to a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout trots to the dugout after scoring on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly as Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, right, walks back to the mound in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON – Josh Hamilton broke out of a slump with two hits and three RBI, Howie Kendrick drove in two runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-3, to increase their AL West lead last night.

Hamilton was in a 5-for-41 slump with 18 strikeouts but hit two sacrifice flies and then singled in the Angels’ final run in the ninth inning.

The Angels’ seventh win in eight games put them 1½ games ahead of Oakland, but it was costly. Right-handed starter Garrett Richards sustained a patellar injury in his left knee while running to cover first base in the second inning. The extent of the injury wasn’t known.

Richards, 7-2 in his previous 11 starts, left after 1.2 innings with a 2-0 deficit. Boston made it 3-0 on David Ortiz’s homer in the third off winning pitcher Cory Rasmus (3-1).

That gave Ortiz his eighth 30-homer season with Boston, tying Ted Williams’s club record. Ortiz went 4-for-4 and is 8-for-10 in the series with four walks.

But the Angels scored a run in the fourth on Kendrick’s RBI single and five more 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.

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 if the ball would be caught.

The next three batters all 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.

Trainer’s room

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

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

Up next

Red Sox: RHP Rubby De La Rosa (4-4, 3.79) pitches for the Red Sox as they try to avoid a four-game sweep of the series. On Aug. 10, he allowed one run in seven innings in a 3-1 win over the Angels in Los Angeles.

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (11-4, 3.84 ERA) pitches for the Angels. 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.

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