Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/23/12
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BOSTON -- Right-hander Clay Buchholz had been emerging as the Boston Red Sox ace this season after a string of strong starts. That changed Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Angels roughed him up at Fenway Park on their way to a 7-3 win.

Buchholz (11-4) lasted just 5 1/3 innings and matched career highs with seven earned runs and 12 hits allowed. He also surrendered a home run while walking one and striking out three. His ERA rose to 4.47.

"I thought Clay had pretty good stuff tonight, just they hit some good pitches," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "And he was in the middle of the plate with a couple of pitches and maybe a little higher than he's been normally. So it was all about location and probably he was missing his location."

"Balls left up in the zone," Buchholz said. "Can't throw pitches consistently up there and expect to get away with it against a team like that. The other side of it, I thought I made a lot of good pitches that they got their bat to and found a hole for it, so I felt really good. Just too many pitches up and they made me pay for it, I guess."

Angels right-hander Jered Weaver held the Red Sox in check. He improved to 16-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.74, going seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

"Good command, was able to get that ball glove side on righties and down in the zone," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "He pitched. I think that was the key. When he got behind he changed speeds. As the game went on, he had a lot of things he could do. Had a good breaking ball and changeup."

Weaver entered the game with a career record of 1-3 with a 7.16 ERA in six starts at Fenway.

"The command was good for the most part," he said. "When you come into this place you never know what's going to happen. I haven't had much success here -- one win out of the bullpen. None as a starter. It was nice to mix in a win and get us back on track."

The Angels finished with 15 hits in the game. Every batter in the starting lineup except Kendrys Morales had at least one hit.

"When you've got guys swinging the bats well it's always going to be huge," said Howie Kendrick. "I didn't know we did all that. I think it's huge to have a different part of the lineup put up those kinds of numbers."

The Angels opened the scoring with two runs in each of the third and fourth innings.

Maicer Izturis, Erick Aybar and Chris Iannetta opened the third with consecutive singles, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead. Mike Trout grounded into a double play, scoring Aybar.

In the fourth Albert Pujols led off with a double, taking third when Kendrys Morales grounded out to short. Mike Trumbo's single scored Pujols. After Trumbo was thrown out trying to steal, Howie Kendrick doubled to right, then scored on Izturis' single to center.

The Red Sox got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to right, and scored on Ryan Lavarnway's double. Mike Aviles' double to left the scored Lavarnway.

The Angels extended their lead in the sixth. After striking out Mike Trumbo to open the inning, Buchholz gave up a home run to Kendrick, his seventh of the season. After consecutive singles to Izturis and Aybar, Buchholz was replaced by right-hander Junichi Tazawa, who struck out Chris Iannetta before Mike Trout's infield single loaded the bases. Torii Hunter's single to right scored Izturis and Aybar, giving the Angels a 7-2 lead.

The Red Sox got a run back in the eighth. Dustin Pedroia led off the inning with a single off LaTroy Hawkins, who started the inning to replace Weaver. With one out, Pedroia scored on Hunter's throwing error on Cody Ross' double to right.

NOTES. There's still no timetable for David Ortiz to return to the lineup. He has been out since July 17 with a right Achilles strain. ... Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka made the fifth start of his current rehab assignment Tuesday. He pitched seven scoreless innings (plus two walks in the eighth). He allowed one hit and four walks with seven strikeouts for Triple-A Pawtucket. He's been on the DL since July 3 with a right upper trapezius strain, his second DL stint this season after beginning the year there will recovering from June 2010 Tommy john surgery. His next start has yet to be decided. ... Angels OF Peter Bourjos was placed on the DL with a sore right wrist. ... RHP Garrett Richards was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... First baseman Albert Pujols left the game in the bottom of the fourth with right calf tightness. He was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. He was thrown out in the first inning trying to stretch a single into a double. ... This was Clay Buchholz's 100th career game and Jered Weaver's 200th career game. Buchholz entered the game with a career record of 46-27, a .630 winning percentage. Weaver entered the game with a career record of 97-50, a .660 winning percentage...Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to nine games, in which he is batting .324, going 11-for-34. ... Maicer Izturis had three hits against Clay Buchholz, raising his career average against the Boston right-hander to .479 (9-for-19).

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