BOSTON (AP) -- Josh Hamilton broke out of a slump with two hits and three RBIs, Howie Kendrick drove in two runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-3, to increase their AL West lead on Wednesday.
Hamilton was in a 5-for-41 slump with 18 strikeouts but hit two sacrifice flies and then singled in the Angels' final run in the ninth.
Angels right-handed starter Garrett Richards sustained a patellar injury in his left knee while running to cover first base in the second inning. The extent of the injury wasn't known.
Richards, 7-2 in his previous 11 starts, left after 12/3 innings with a 2-0 deficit. Boston made it 3-0 on David Ortiz's homer in the third off Cory Rasmus (3-1).
That gave Ortiz his eighth 30-homer season with Boston, tying Ted Williams' club record. Ortiz went 4 for 4 and is 8 for 10 in the series with four walks.
Clay Buchholz (5-8) took a 3-1 lead into the fifth but let the first six batters reach base.