The Red Sox took game one of their series against the Blue Jays 7-4 Friday night, putting them in a tie for fourth place with Toronto in a stacked AL East.
Clay Buchholz took the mound hoping to build on one of his few solid starts on the year, and finally did just that. After allowing just two runs in seven innings against the Rays on May 27, Buchholz utilized his full arsenal Friday to improve to eight innings of two-run ball.
Starting with primarily his fastball and changeup, Buchholz managed to pick up a lackluster defensive effort in the first to keep the Jays off the board, and got through the second with little trouble. The Jays would finally score on him in the third, with Yunel Escobar taking an errant changeup deep for a run, but from there Buchholz just grew. Incorporating his curveball and changing speeds, Buchholz would finish the sixth inning still with just one run on the board, striking out the side in order to climb to six punchouts on the night.
The Sox, meanwhile, had given him a lead to work with. David Ortiz got things started with a solo shot in the second, and a quick two-out rally from Daniel Nava and Adrian Gonzalez would make it 2-0 in the top of the third. The 2-through-4 hitters would provide this sort of production all night, combining to go 9-for-13 with a walk, four doubles, and a home run.
The Sox finally managed to pad their one-run lead in the sixth, though it involved them more-or-less wasting a bases loaded, zero outs situation by pushing just one run across. The waste would look a lot less serious when, come the seventh, they unloaded on Luis Perez, picking up four straight two-out hits from the top of the order to build the lead to 7-1.
Clay Buchholz would suffer a second homer when David Cooper took him deep to left in the bottom half of the seventh, but completed the rest of the inning as well as the eighth to finish the night with eight innings and two runs on six hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts--an excellent effort by any measurement. Scott Atchison closed out the ninth, and the Sox moved to 27-25 on the season.
|Final - 6.1.2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Boston Red Sox||0||1||1||0||0||1||4||0||0||7||15||2|
|Toronto Blue Jays||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||7||0|
|WP: Clay Buchholz (5 - 2)
LP: Henderson Alvarez (3 - 5)