BOSTON -- The losing continues, unabated. The Red Sox lost their third straight and sixth in their last eight games Wednesday, thumped by the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim, 7-3. Clay Buchholz turned in his worst start since his first outing of the season, bashed for a season-high 12 hits and seven runs in just 5 13 innings. The loss was his first since July 14.The Angels, who arrived in Boston in a funk of their own, scored twice against Buchholz in both the third and fourth and chased him with three more in the sixth, with the final tworuns coming after Juinichi Tazawa allowed two inherited runners to score. The defeat means the Angels will win the series, which concludes Thursday, and leaves the Red Sox without a series win in their last six series, during which they're 0-5-1. The Sox broke through against Jered Weaver in the fourth on a Wall double by Ryan Lavarnway -- resulting in his first RBI of the season -- and another double from Mike Aviles. Cody Ross's run-scoring double into the right field corner in the eighth scored Dustin Pedroia and accounted for the final of the night.
For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.
Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game.
David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division.
They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.
Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.
Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.
Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.
Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.