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LOS ANGELES — They are pushing forward. Trying hard to break this .500-or-so trap they’ve been in since the All-Star break, during which they are 18-16 and 8-10 over their last 18 games even with Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Dodgers.
The Boston Red Sox have arguably been the most consistent team in baseball. They have not lost more than three straight games yet they have to battle with every ounce of energy to stay in first place in the American League East because Tampa Bay refuses to go away.
So they have plugged along, trying to keep their heads above water.
Jon Lester offers occasional hope that the Red Sox will have another shutdown-type starter besides Buchholz when the playoffs roll around. He had a very solid 7⅓ -inning one-run performance against the Dodgers on a pristine Southern California afternoon on Saturday against the hottest team in baseball.