American League Game Summary - Boston at Toronto|
(Wednesday, May 1st)
Final Score: Boston 10, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Clay Buchholz has had a sensational start to
his seventh major league season, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
The Red Sox right-hander fired seven innings of two-hit ball and Boston beat
up the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-1, in the second installment of a three-game set
at Rogers Centre.
Buchholz (6-0), the first in the majors to six wins, didn't allow a run for
the third time this season and racked up eight strikeouts.
He's allowed just five runs in 44 2/3 innings of work this season and is the
first Red Sox starter to win his first six starts since Josh Beckett won his
first seven in 2007.
"It's fun pitching good, like I said before, there's going to be bumps in the
road, there's going to be starts out there when you don't have your best stuff
and get hit around a little bit," said Buchholz. "Everybody has to go through
it, but I'm going to try and ride the wave as long as it's there."
Mike Napoli helped back Buchholz with three of Boston's 15 hits, finishing
with two homers, a double, four RBI and three runs scored. Stephen Drew went
3-for-5 with a two-run homer and Daniel Nava and Mike Carp each added a solo
shot for the Red Sox, winners in six of their last seven.
Mark Buehrle (1-2) was shelled for five runs on seven hits and three walks
over 6 2/3 frames. Toronto had just four hits in dropping its fifth game in
six tries. Brett Lawrie's RBI triple represented the team's only score.
"I feel like I'm right there, I'm a few pitches away from a quality start,"
Buehrle gave up three homers in his last start, a loss to the New York
Yankees, and surrendered his first of three on Wednesday in the second inning.
After plunking Will Middlebrooks on the foot with a 1-2 offering, Buehrle
served up a two-run shot to Drew, whose homer stayed just inside the right
field foul pole to stake Boston to a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Napoli and Nava then struck in the fourth with back-to-back solo shots for a
four-run cushion, and Boston's lead doubled three innings later.
Buehrle got the first two outs of the seventh, but then walked Jonny Gomes as
his night came to a close. Esmil Rogers took the hill and promptly gave up a
single to Dustin Pedroia. Gomes took third on the hit and then came home on a
wild pitch from Rogers to give Boston a five-run lead.
Rogers then intentionally walked David Ortiz, and Napoli again came through
with a big blast, stroking a three-run homer over the center field wall to
push the Red Sox advantage to eight runs.
Buchholz only saw a runner advance past first base in his final inning of
work, but with runners and corners and two outs, he fanned J.P. Arencibia to
get out of the frame unscathed.
Lawrie ripped an RBI triple in the eighth off Boston reliever Alex Wilson, but
the Red Sox kept tacking on scores in the ninth, with Carp hitting a solo
homer and Nava contributing an RBI single.
Ortiz was 1-for-3 with a double and has recorded a hit in each of his first 10
games this season, and has a 22-game streak dating back to last year ...
Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-4, ending an eight-game hit streak.
05/02 01:55:44 ET