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The Los Angeles Angels try to increase their lead atop the American League West standings on Wednesday night with a third straight victory as they resume a four-game set with the Boston Red Sox. [url=http://www.hockeysharksshop.us/Chris-Tierney-Jersey/]Chris Tierney Sharks Jersey[/url] . The Angels have won six of their last seven games, putting them a half-game ahead of the Oakland Athletics in the division standings. You can watch the game live on TSN at 7pm et/4pm pt. Los Angeles dropped two of three at home to Boston from Aug. 8-9, but have opened this series with victories of 4-2 and 4-3. Last nights one-run victory saw Chris Iannetta snap a tie game with an RBI double in the ninth inning. Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols also drove in a run apiece for the Angels, while Joe Smith tossed a scoreless eighth inning to get the win and Huston Street left two on in the ninth while picking up his 10th save. "The bullpen has been pitching a lot and theyve really stepped up," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "Joe and Huston finished that game off and they really stuck it to them." David Ortiz homered, with Brock Holt and Mike Napoli adding an RBI each as the Red Sox stumbled to their third straight defeat and fourth in five games. Koji Uehara took the loss after being charged with the deciding run, yielding a two-out ground-rule double to Brennan Boesch before Iannettas go-ahead hit. "There is some positives to take away from this game," said Boston manager John Farrell. "We got some good innings from the pitchers and we were able to create some opportunities offensively." Farrell has seen some positives out of Clay Buchholz as of late and hopes the right-hander can keep trending in the right direction in tonights start. Buchholz went 0-2 and allowed 18 earned runs over 16 innings in three starts between July 23-Aug. 3, but has pitched much better over his last two outings, both no-decisions. That began versus the Angels on Aug. 9 as Buchholz logged eight innings and gave up three runs while striking out eight. The 30-year-old then followed up with seven innings of two-run ball on Aug. 15 versus Houston, fanning nine. Buchholz is just 5-7 on the year with a 5.79 earned run average and 6-3 lifetime versus the Angels with a 4.48 ERA. Garrett Richards goes for Los Angeles tonight and is 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA over his last three. The right-hander is coming off a 5-4 win at Texas on Friday, charged with two runs over 7 1/3 innings while logging seven strikeouts. "I threw a lot more curveballs than I have in the previous starts. I had a good feel for it today," said Richards, who moved to 13-4 with a 2.53 ERA on the year. The 26-year-old got a no-decision against Buchholz and the Red Sox on Aug. 9, allowing three runs -- one earned -- over 6 1/3 frames. It was Richards first start against Boston following four relief appearances. Following the Angels and Red Sox game TSN will have live coverage of the L.A. Dodgers versus San Diego Padres game. The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to claim a series victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night as the two National League West clubs continue a three-game series. The Dodgers snapped a three-game slide with last nights 8-6 victory, their eighth in 11 meetings with the Padres this season. Carl Crawford had a big night with three hits, including a two-run homer, and also scored three runs for the division leaders. Justin Turner added a pair of hits and drove in two runs. Kevin Correia got the win and was charged with four runs on eight hits and a walk. He also struck out six over his five innings, settling down after giving up a three-run homer to Jedd Gyorko in the first inning. "It was a rough start for Kevin, but he settled down and kept us in the game. I thought we swung the bats pretty well tonight, especially Carl," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. Abraham Almonte had four hits and his bunt in the ninth inning brought home a run on Kenley Jansens throwing error, but Almonte was also tagged out a third base following Gyorkos single to center to end the game. Ian Kennedy gave up six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and two walks over five frames for San Diego, which has dropped four of its last five on the heels of a five-game winning streak. "As hard as we swung the bats, it was a tough loss. Mistakes came back to hurt us tonight," Padres manager Bud Black said. Roberto Hernandez will make his third start with the Dodgers since being acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies and he has allowed three runs over 12 innings with Los Angeles. Following a solid no-decision debut with Los Angeles on Aug. 8, the right- handed Hernandez beat Atlanta 6-4 on Thursday behind six innings of one-run ball. Hernandez worked around three hits and four walks while striking out five. The 33-year-old is 7-8 with a 3.72 earned run average on the year and will make the second start of his career versus the Padres. The first came on May 12 of last year with Tampa Bay and he gave up two runs over six innings of a victory. Left-hander Eric Stults goes for the Padres and comes in on a solid three-game run, having gone 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA. Stults pitched well enough to get his third straight win on Thursday versus St. Louis, but instead got a no-decision as his club lost 4-3. Stults allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings. The 34-year-old is 5-13 on the year and has lowered his ERA from 5.22 to 4.64 during the three-start unbeaten streak. He is 1-4 lifetime versus the Dodgers with a 3.96 ERA. [url=http://www.hockeysharksshop.us/Joe-Thornton-Jersey/]Joe Thornton Jersey[/url] . Alen, 28, hit .315 with five home runs, 59 RBI and a career-high nine stolen bases for the Goldeyes last season. He is the longest serving catcher in Goldeyes history, having already spent five seasons with the organization. [url=http://www.hockeysharksshop.us/]San Jose Sharks Jersey[/url] . Jacob Jacques, Andrew Ryan and Jonathan Drouin also scored for Halifax (37-18-3), who outshot the Islanders 40-26. Kevin Darveau stopped 25 shots. Bradley Kennedy had the lone goal for Charlottetown (18-33-5), which has nine losses in its last 10 games. [url=http://www.hockeysharksshop.us/Chris-Tierney-Jersey/]http://www.hockeysharksshop.us/Chris-Tierney-Jersey/[/url] . -- The Denver Broncos retired John Elways No.BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia has been in the heart of Bostons batting order during its strong start. His play was on the mind of San Diego manager Bud Black before the game. Pedroia hit a two-run double to jump-start Bostons 18-hit effort, David Ortiz had a two-run single and the Red Sox wrapped up a big homestand by beating San Diego 8-2 Thursday, sending the Padres to their season-high sixth straight loss. "Hes been in the middle of this offence from Day One and continues to be so," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Pedroia, who raised his average to .325 by going 2 for 4. Brandon Snyder and Jacoby Ellsbury each had solo homers for the Red Sox. Boston went 8-1 at Fenway Park to match its best homestand since June 2010. The Red Sox also won for the 12th time in its last 14 games at home. The AL East leaders improved to 19 games over .500 (53-34). Sitting in his uncomfortably warm office about two hours before the game, Black praised the play of Pedroia. It didnt take long for the Red Sox second baseman to make him look good. "Pedroia might be the MVP of the league so far. I think you can make a case for it," he said. Pedroias two-run double in the first moved Boston ahead 2-0. Ellsbury singled leading off to extend his season-high hitting streak to 14 games and Shane Victorino doubled off the Green Monster before Pedroia doubled into the left-field corner. "What were seeing of late is hes starting to pull the ball," Farrell said. "Its a byproduct of getting pitched in a little more because hes gotten so many hits the other way. We know that when either an offspeed pitch stays in the middle of the plate or a fastballs in the inner part of the plate, hes always been a dead-pull hitter in those locations of pitches." The 2008 AL MVP just feels like hes taking a simple approach each time he steps to the plate. "I feel good," he said. "It depends if the balls in. Im trying to hit the ball where its pitched. If Im pulling the ball, it means theyre throwing it in a little more. Thats it." The Padres have scored just seven runs in their losing streak. They also lost for the 10th time in 12 games. "They know whats ahead of them. They know what the challenge is," Black said after the game. "This is the part of the season, part of the summer where its hot, its hot for everybody. Youve got to keep pushing through. We were swept in this series. Weve swept some teams to get back in the race in the west, but our guys know whats in front of them." Allen Webster (1-2) pitched six innings for his first major league win, allowing two runs and five hits, while walking four and striiking out two. [url=http://www.hockeysharksshop.us/Brent-Burns-Jersey/]Brent Burns Jersey[/url]. Chase Headley didnt feel like the slump has been that bad despite the team scoring two or fewer nine of the last 12 games. "I think its looked worse than it has been," he said. "Weve had some at-bats in situations where we had a chance to drive in runs and the guys hit the ball hard and it just hasnt gone in the hole for us. Obviously its disappointing when you put one, two runs up on the board for an extended period of time. I think as a group, I dont think its maybe as far off as it looks." The Red Sox open a three-city, 10-game West Coast trip Friday night in Anaheim against the Angels. Eric Stults (6-7) gave up four runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings without walking or striking out a batter. He was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- in 3 2-3 innings in his previous start Saturday in a loss at Miami after giving up two runs or less in his previous six. In the second, Snyder homered into Bostons bullpen to make it 3-0. Ortizs bases-loaded, two-run single off reliever Tyson Ross in the sixth gave the Red Sox a comfortable 7-2 lead. Ellsbury homered over the bullpens to make it 8-2. Headleys sacrifice fly had cut it to 3-1 in the third before Jose Iglesias run-scoring, ground-rule double pushed Bostons lead back to three an inning later. The Padres sliced it to 4-2 in the fifth on Jesus Guzmans single high off the left-field wall -- when he missed a homer by a couple of feet -- but Webster got Mark Kotsay to line to left, ending the inning with two runners on. Jonny Gomes RBI single made it 5-2. NOTES: Black said he expects SS Everth Cabrera, on the 15-day DL since June 19 with an injured left hamstring, to be activated when the club opens a three-game series against the Nationals on Friday night. ... Boston 1B Mike Napoli was back in the lineup after getting Wednesday night off. With a left-hander starting for San Diego, Gomes was also inserted into the lineup one day after hitting a game-ending homer in the ninth inning. ... Black also discussed options for his teams struggling offence. "You have to try and do everything you can to get things going," he said, saying theyd run and bunt with the right people. "When youre not scoring things look a little flat. As people in the game know, that happens everywhere. When you score, sometimes you score in bunches and you lose and the pitching wasnt solid, but youre playing hard. Were playing hard, but were just not scoring runs." ... Farrell said he hopes SS Stephen Drew, sidelined since last Friday after aggravating his right hamstring, will be back in the lineup Saturday. ... The gametime temperature was 91. 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