Clay Buchholz Outduels Shaun Marcum, Sox Clinch Series

 

With almost nobody available from the bullpen, the Red Sox needed a long start out of Clay Buchholz tonight. They got exactly that. It took 117 pitches, but Clay shut down the Toronto offense for 8 innings, allowing only 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks.

 

The Sox offense did not back up Clay with much, but the 2 runs they scored were just enough. With 2 outs in the second inning, David Ortiz walked, and Adrian Beltre and Jeremy Hermida both singled to bring in the team's first run.

 

In the 8th with the game tied at one run a piece, the Red Sox loaded the bases with singles from Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez, and a walk from J.D. Drew. With 2 outs and David Ortiz coming up against lefty Scott Downs, Terry Francona pinch hit Mike Lowell. Cito Gaston responded by going with righty Kevin Gregg. As it would turn out, Lowell didn't even need to lift the bat off his shoulder, taking 4 straight balls from Gregg, and forcing the winning run home.

 

Ramon Ramirez, one of the few available arms, closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth, giving the Red Sox their 3rd straight series victory.

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