- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Through four innings, Clay Buchholz was in charge. Then he was in trouble.

The inconsistent right-hander took a two-run lead into the fifth then allowed five runs in that inning. The Boston Red Sox never threatened again and lost to the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Wednesday night.

“It wasn’t that I didn’t have a feel for any pitch” in the fifth, Buchholz said. “It was just the big pitches that I needed to make, I didn’t make them.”

He allowed five runs in 15 innings in his last two starts after giving up 22 in 22 innings over his previous four. On Wednesday, Buchholz (5-8) was up and down in the same game.

“Clay threw the ball pretty well,” catcher David Ross said. “Out of the stretch he got a little rushed and couldn’t find the strike zone, and then when he did they got some hits.”

The win was costly for the Angels, who lost right-hander Garrett Richards to an injury to the patellar in his left knee while running to cover first base on a potential double-play grounder. He left the field on a stretcher.

“Winning the game, obviously, it’s always important, but it’s secondary to what happened,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after his team’s seventh win in eight games gave Los Angeles a 1 1-2 game lead in the AL West over Oakland. “Obviously, it’s a significant injury.”

Richards, 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA, left after 1 2-3 and is to be re-evaluated in Los Angeles on Thursday.

“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 him and told him that he might have done something to his patella tendon and there might be surgery involved, he kind of lost it.”

The injury cast a pall 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 Kendrick and five in the fifth.

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