Another bad one but it could of been worse...

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Garret Anderson drove in five runs with four of Los Angeles' 14 hits Friday, carrying the Angels to an 11-3 bombing of Boston.

The Red Sox slipped a half game behind Tampa Bay in the American League East after the Rays ended a seven-game losing streak earlier in the evening.

Los Angeles expanded its advantage over Oakland in the AL West to 7 1/2 games -- easily the largest lead in the majors.

Anderson singled in a run during the Angels' three-run first, added a solo homer in the fourth, singled in another run in the fifth and had a two-run base hit in the sixth.

It was Los Angeles' third win in four meetings with Boston this season. The Red Sox swept the Angels in the American League Division Series last year.

John Lackey (7-2) picked up the victory, allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings. It was only his second win ever over Boston in 12 starts.

Clay Buchholz (2-5), who has been in and out of the Boston rotation this year, took the loss. He surrendered four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3.

It's a good thing that I did not watch this game because from what I saw on the coverage it wasn't exactly the best performance. I'm looking forward to having them focus a bit more on the big picture and not let this game get to them. With the All-Star weekend over and the AL coming out on top they must feel a little bit good about that seeing that the NL has never won it but maybe their saving their explosion for later on in the season. I can only hope.

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