Red Sox-Blue Jays: Clay Buchholz's Strong Outing Lifts Boston Over Toronto
The Red Sox came out victorious, outlasting the Blue Jays 2-1 in game two of the three-game series.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz pitched eight strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits, walked two, and struck out four, while throwing a total of 117 pitches.
Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum had a similar performance. He lasted seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, walked three, and struck out five, throwing a total of 103 pitches.
Toronto got its only run in the first inning. Vernon Wells hit a double down the left field line, scoring teammate Fred Lewis.
Boston got its first run in the second inning, also with two outs. David Ortiz kept the inning alive with a walk. Adrian Beltre singled on a soft fly ball to center. Jeremy Hermida got hit a single to left, scoring Ortiz to tie the score at 1-1.
Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs came in to replace Marcum to start the eighth inning.
Marco Scutaro, the former Blue Jay, led off the inning with a strikeout. Dustin Pedroia singled to center. Victor Martinez lined a single to right. Pedroia moved to third on a fly out by Kevin Youkilis. J.D. Drew followed the second out with a walk to load the bases.
Then came decision time for Red Sox manager Terry Francona. With Ortiz on deck and a lefty versus lefty matchup approaching, Francona came to a conclusion to pinch-hit for the struggling DH. He sent out Mike Lowell to replace Ortiz.
Lowell coming to the plate caused Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston to make a pitching change. He replaced the lefty Downs with right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg.
Lowell walked on four straight pitches, giving himself a two-out RBI. Pedroia scored from third base to give the Red Sox the winning run and make the score 2-1.
In the 13-12 slugfest on Monday, Boston used six relievers. They only needed one for Tuesday. Ramon Ramirez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save.
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