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Los Angeles Angels hold down wallowing Boston Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) – Rookie Matt Shoemaker didn’t allow a hit through 62⁄3 innings and the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, completing a four-game sweep at Fenway Park.

Shoemaker (12-4) struck out nine and held the Red Sox to one hit over 72⁄3 innings before a two-out walk to Mookie Betts in the eighth ended his night. It was the only walk of the night for Shoemaker, who struck out nine. Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his 12th save of the season and first with the Angels since coming to Los Angeles in a deal with Pittsburgh on June 27. ...

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BOSTON (AP) – Rookie Matt Shoemaker didn’t allow a hit through 62⁄3 innings and the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, completing a four-game sweep at Fenway Park.

Shoemaker (12-4) struck out nine and held the Red Sox to one hit over 72⁄3 innings before a two-out walk to Mookie Betts in the eighth ended his night. It was the only walk of the night for Shoemaker, who struck out nine. Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his 12th save of the season and first with the Angels since coming to Los Angeles in a deal with Pittsburgh on June 27.

The Angels have won four straight and eight of nine, taking a two-game lead over the A’s into this weekend’s series at Oakland.

Josh Hamilton hit an RBI double in the first and Kole Calhoun hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Los Angeles’ only other run. It was all the offense the Angels needed as Shoemaker danced with a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. Will Middlebrooks broke it up on a two-out double to left in the seventh for Boston, which lost its fifth straight.

Rubby De La Rosa (4-5) pitched 62⁄3 innings, allowing two runs eight hits and getting himself out of a couple of jams as he tied his career high with eight strikeouts. Boston was able to cut off potential rallies for the Angels in the first and seventh, holding them to run in each and staying within reach throughout Shoemaker’s no-hit bid.

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia and 1B Albert Pujols were ejected in the sixth inning.

Richards out for season

The Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoffs run.

One of the AL West leader’s top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox

Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It’s a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

General manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday “we’ll be open” about finding a deal to replace Richards in the rotation.

Richards crumbled to the ground covering first base on a potential 3-6-1 doubles play against Boston. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and was flown to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, where he had an MRI.

Richards will have surgery next week and the rehabilitation time should be six to nine months.

The Angels selected the contract of left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who pitched briefly for the New York Yankees earlier this season, from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Up next

Red Sox RHP Joe Kelly (0-1, 5.2 9) tries again in his second start at Fenway Park as a member of the Red Sox when they open a weekend series against Seattle on Friday.