Following solid starts from the Red Sox number 1 and 2 starters, Clay Buchholz had some pressure to perform in the second game of a four game set against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Things didn’t start well for Buchholz as he struggled to finish off hitters and allowed 4 ER in the first inning for the second time in as many starts.
Luke Scott drove in another on a wall ball double in the third but that would end the scoring off Buchholz as he settled down nicely and kept the Red Sox in the game.
Clay Buchholz’ Line: 7IP, 6H, 5ER, 3BB, 5K
The Red Sox inched their way back with a long two-run homer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the second, a solo home run from Dustin Pedroia and a two run bomb from David Ortiz to tie it in the bottom of the fifth.
With Clay Buchholz now quieting the Rays’ offense the Red Sox were able to pull ahead in the bottom half of the seventh with Mike Aviles‘ first home run of the year, making it 6-5 Red Sox. That’s all the Sox would need but they kept piling it onto the Rays bullpen just for good measure.
Cody Ross hit a two-run double off the green monster in the seventh and a two-run homer over the green monster in the eighth.
David Ortiz–who had a 4 hit game–added a bases clearing double in the bottom of the eighth giving him 5 RBI in the game.