This guy right here. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE
Buchholz was not quite at his level best, but he seemed to work some of the problems out as the game went along. After surrendering a walk in each of the first three innings, and a run in the first as a result, Buck settled into a rhythm that was disrupted only by an error in the fifth that ultimately cost him a second run. It wasn't his best stuff, but it's a decent result given that early on it looked like a day that could end in disaster.
Carlos Villanueva, on the other hand, was seemingly all the way on. One bad pitch to Cody Ross (a 2-seam fastball that came back into Coss' wheelhouse) cost him a run in the second, however, and Anthony Gose froze up on a line drive off the bat of Saltalamacchia in the fourth which scored Cody Ross as part of a quick two-out rally.
That would be all the offense Boston needed to stay in the game thanks to Buchholz, if not enough to win it. They would get over that particular hump in the ninth, however, courtesy of a friend we haven't seen in a little while: Pedro Ciriaco the Clutch.
With Jarrod Saltalamacchia leading off the inning with a double, the Sox seemed ready to strand him after a strikeout and fly ball gave the Jays two outs. If they had, it would have been no surprise; if there's one thing this team has excelled at of late, it's stranding runners. They had done it just the inning before after loading the bases with one out, even with Cody Ross and James Loney due up at the plate. This time, however, Ciriaco came up to bat, and came through big time, lacing a double down the left field line and scoring Salty from third to make it 3-2.
Credit the Red Sox this: as bad as they have been since The Trade (to say nothing of before), and as little as anyone can expect of them with a roster such as they have, the team has now put together a couple of wins to stave off elimination for a couple more days. It's a gallant if entirely hopeless last stand, and perhaps something to remember them by--whether you want to remember them or not.