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Red Sox extra bases: Clay Buchholz ineffective; Angels beat Sox, 8-3

 Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning at Fenway Park on August 20, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox lost their third straight game to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8-3 on Wednesday night. The outcome of the game was overshadowed by another historic night for David Ortiz, an injury to Angels right-hander Garrett Richards and another ineffective performance by Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

The Angels took a 1 ½ -game lead over the Oakland Athletics with the win, but a major concern was the loss of their best pitcher. Richards was carted away on a stretcher in the second inning after suffering a patella injury. Despite the injury, the Angels were able to rally from a 3-1 deficit. They scored five runs off Buchholz in the fifth inning to take a 6-3 lead.

Overall Buchholz did not have his best stuff. His inability to battle through games like Wednesday night is concerning. Buchholz was charged with six earned runs in six innings. He struck out five, but saw his ERA rise to 5.94, which is the highest among all pitchers who qualify for the ERA title. This coming from a pitcher, who just a year ago, had one of the lowest ERAs in baseball.

After the game, Buchholz tried to explain his troubles. He told reporters, “The difference between everything that’s going on this year and last (is) it’s a lot of balls that are finding holes or home runs or doubles were hit at somebody last year and I got a lot of double plays that way. Sometimes, that’s the way it goes. You don’t ever want it to be a full season, but that’s the way it is sometimes. You’ve got to keep grinding.”

In fairness to Buchholz, that seems to be the way the season is going for the entire Red Sox team, except David Ortiz. The designated hitter is having one of his finest years. His home run leading off the third was his 30th of the season and his eighth 30-homer season in a Red Sox uniform. The latest feat tied him with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for the most all-time by a Boston player. The homer was hit off Angels reliever Cory Rasmus who took over for the injured Richards. The Red Sox are hopping to end the losing streak on Thursday when they send Rubby De La Rosa to the mound.

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