BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Angels are clearly determined to put the season-ending injury sustained by right-hander Garrett Richards behind them and get on with the rest of the regular season.
Rookie Matt Shoemaker, pitching the first game since Richards went down with a torn left patellar tendon that will keep him out at least the rest of this season, flirted with a no-hitter and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
"It's a detrimental loss to us, but we're all going to fight hard to pick him up and we're just going to keep getting stronger from it," Shoemaker said after raising his record to 12-4.
He admitted Richards, the 13-game winner who went down Wednesday night, was on his mind.
"Up until game time, it was really heavy on my mind," he said. "During the game, I was trying to focus on pitching, which I think was a good thing because that's what 'G' does."
Said manager Mike Scioscia: "You're going to be thinking of Garrett once every fifth day when he was out there. "You might not be able to replace that, but it doesn't mean that we're not going to be able to reach our goal as a cumulative pitching staff."
The Angels increased their lead in the AL West to two games over the idle Oakland Athletics. The teams play seven games over the next two weekends, starting with three in Oakland beginning Friday night.