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FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 22:  Chris Iannetta #17 of the Los Angeles Angels is late with the tag as Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox scores in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on August 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 22: Chris Iannetta #17 of the Los Angeles Angels is late with the tag as Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox scores in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on August 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) _ Jered Weaver rebounded from a terrible start by
pitching seven solid innings, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the
fading Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Wednesday night.

Howie Kendrick hit a solo homer and Torii Hunter had a two-run
single for the Angels, who have won the first two in a three-game
set at Boston after getting swept in a four-game home series
against Tampa Bay over the weekend.

Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols left in the fourth inning with
tightness in his right calf. He went 2 for 2 and scored a run.

Ryan Lavarnway and Mike Aviles had RBI doubles for Boston, which
lost for the sixth time in eight games and fell to 6-14 in August.

Weaver (16-3) gave up two runs and seven hits, struck out five
and walked one. He was tagged for a season-worst nine runs in three
innings during a 12-3 loss to the Rays last Friday.

Boston’s Clay Buchholz (11-4) matched his season high for runs
allowed, giving up seven in 5 1-3 innings. The 12 hits allowed
equaled a career worst, also done in a 4-1 loss at Baltimore on
April 26, 2011.

Los Angeles, which had lost 11 of its 14 previous games in
Fenway Park before this week, goes for the sweep Thursday when C.J.
Wilson faces Boston’s Franklin Morales.

Leading 4-2 in the sixth, Kendrick homered into the seats above
the Green Monster. Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar then singled,
chasing Buchholz. Junichi Tazawa struck out his first batter before
Mike Trout’s single loaded the bases. Hunter followed with his
two-run single, making it 7-2.

The Angels jumped in front 2-0 in the third. Chris Iannetta had
an RBI single and the second run scored on Trout’s double-play
grounder.

Los Angeles made it 4-0 in the fourth when Mark Trumbo and
Izturis each had an RBI single.

Consecutive RBI doubles by Lavarnway and Aviles cut Boston’s
deficit to 4-2 in the fourth.

Pujols pulled up running between second and third on Kendrys
Morales’ grounder to shortstop before gingerly going into the
third-base bag. He then came home slowly on Trumbo’s single,
limping noticeably as he went to the dugout. He was replaced in the
bottom of the inning.

NOTES: Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine wouldn’t say what his
rotation was for this weekend’s home series against Kansas City.
There is speculation that Daisuke Matsuzaka could take Aaron Cook’s
turn in the rotation. Matsuzaka, on the 15-day DL with a strained
neck muscle, was impressive in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket
on Tuesday, allowing one hit in seven shutout innings. “The
reports were good,” Valentine said. “Threw the ball good. Kept it
down. Came out of it good _ just a sore calf.” … The Angels
placed OF Peter Bourjos on the 15-day DL with a sore right wrist
and recalled RHP Garrett Richards from Triple-A Salt Lake. Manager
Mike Scioscia said Richards, who went 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA in nine
starts before being sent down on Aug. 2, will work out of the
bullpen. “It’s certainly a chance for him to fit more into a role,
but we’ll start with him in the middle and see where it goes from
there,” he said. “He still has that length (to start), but we’ll
see where it goes from there.” … Weaver fell down on the mound
throwing a pitch to Adrian Gonzalez in the first. … Hall of Famer
Carl Yastrzemski turned 73 on Wednesday. … It was Buchholz’s
100th career start.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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