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Red Sox Offense Blasts Royals, Buchholz Average On The Mound

Clay Buchholz wasn't at his best on Sunday, but luckily for the Red Sox, their offense did as much as they needed to get the win.

Behind good days from Adrian Beltre and Dustin Pedroia, the Sox beat the Royals, 8-6, on Kansas City on Sunday.

Buchholz lasted just five innings after 95 pitches thrown. He gave up two earned runs, seven hits and two walks on the afternoon. He only struck out two Royals.

Beltre led the offense by going 3 for 5 with three RBI. Pedroia went 4 for 5 with a solo home run, while Victor Martinez looked better at the plate, going 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI.

More analysis after the jump.

There wasn't much that was impressive for Buchholz today. He labored all game long and loved to let the leadoff hitter get on base. He really shouldn't be struggling this much with a weak Royals lineup. Despite a lot of baserunners, Buchholz never blew up and had a big inning. That was the best part of his outing.

Game notes:

  • A lot of fielding blunders, with Jacoby Ellsbury having a run in with Bill Hall (dropped ball) and Adrian Beltre (dropped ball in foul territory). Not sure why this all happened, but it needs to get cleared up. Ellsbury ran into Beltre and was taken out of the game in the 9th for x-rays, which came back negative.
  • Ramon Ramirez gave up three runs and three hits without recording an out in the 8th. He is not doing himself any favors for staying on the team.
  • Manny Delcarmen worked two great innings, allowing just one walk in relief of Buchholz.
  • Ellsbury, despite his defensive problems, went 2 for 5 with two runs, raising his average to .333 on the season. He seems to be hitting a groove, but it's unclear if he'll play in the day game on Monday.
  • Jeremy Hermida had a two-run double. Despite only a few at-bats, Hermida is looking good at the dish.
  • David Ortiz struck out four times today. Four. Times. Take that as you will.

Sox play the Twins in brand new Target Field on Monday at 4 p.m. EST. Jon Lester will take the mound.