American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Boston|
(Thursday, June 7th)
Final Score: Boston 7, Baltimore 0
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Clay Buchholz fired his first shutout in over
two years on Thursday as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Baltimore Orioles,
7-0, in the finale of a three-game set at Fenway Park.
Buchholz (6-2) fanned six and walked one while holding the O's to four hits in
his first shutout since he shut down Baltimore back on June 4, 2010 at Camden
"It was spectacular," said manager Bobby Valentine of Buchholz's outing. "Clay
came out and had all of his pitches right from the get-go. I thought his
changeup and the arm speed on his changeup was spectacular."
Adrian Gonzalez and Daniel Nava each plated a pair of runs, while Kevin
Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia added an RBI apiece to halt a seven-game losing
streak against the Orioles at Fenway.
Brian Matusz (5-6) was erratic in the start, allowing five runs -- four earned
-- on four hits and five walks before being lifting with no outs in the third.
The Baltimore offense failed to get a runner past second in the setback as the
club wrapped up a nine-game road trip at 3-6.
"His changeup was really good tonight and his breaking ball was there when he
needed it," said Orioles designated hitter Chris Davis about Buchholz. "He did
a good job of keeping us off balance and throwing strikes."
Boston loaded the bases in the first on a pair of walks and a single before
Gonzalez slapped a two-out double down the right-field line, plating Pedroia
and Youkilis to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.
The Red Sox packed the bags again in the second before Pedroia grounded softly
to shortstop. J.J. Hardy flipped to O's second baseman Robert Andino for one,
but Andino's throw to first was wide of the bag, allowing two runs to score as
Boston doubled its advantage.
Gonzalez stroked a single to start the third, which marked the end of Matusz's
day. Miguel Gonzalez entered and retired the first batter he faced on strikes,
but Darnell McDonald doubled before Nava followed two batters later with a
two-run single into right to give Boston a 6-0 edge.
Boston tacked on a run in the eighth on a pair of doubles, with Youkilis
plating Nava to extend the lead to 7-0.
Buchholz improved to 6-3 in 12 career starts against Baltimore...Matusz
dropped to 3-2 in seven starts against the Red Sox...Baltimore went 0-for-2
with runners in scoring position and left five on base...Boston went 3-for-12
with men in scoring position and stranded nine runners.
06/08 02:38:21 ET