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The Red Sox offense jumped out to an early lead against All-Star Roy Halladay. Ortiz hit his 250th home run as a Red Sox player in the second inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead over Halladay and the Blue Jays and the Sox would not look back. After Casey Kotchman reached on an infield single and stole second, Alex Gonzalez drove in Kotchman with a single to center to give the Sox a 2-0 lead.
With two outs in the fourth, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a triple, which drove in Gonzalez for the third run of the game for Boston. The Blue Jays finally got to Clay Buchholz in the fourth, when Vernon Wells knocked in Aaron Hill on a single up the middle. That run would be the only one Buchholz allowed in his six innings of work.
In the fifth, the Sox just kept adding to their lead as Jason Bay hit a two-run home run off of Halladay to give Boston a 5-1 cushion. This would be the last of Halladay as he was replaced after only five innings of work, in which he allowed five runs (four earned), eight hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.
The Sox bullpen pitched three shutout innings of work in relief of Buchholz. Ramon Ramirez, Hideki Okajima and Takashi Saito each gave an inning without allowing one hit and recorded six strikeouts all together. Victor Martinez added one more run as he hit a solo shot in the ninth off of Brandon League. It was an overall solid team performance for the Sox as they got it done with their pitching and their bats.
Buchholz out pitched Halladay for his second win of the season and his first win in six starts. He went six innings giving up six hits, allowing one run and had four strikeouts.
Green was one of two Red Sox players who did not get a hit in the game. Green also struck out twice and did not reach base.
W: C. Buchholz (2-3)
L: R. Halladay (13-6)
Tags: Aaron Hill, Alex Gonzalez, Casey Kotchman, Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, Hideki Okajima, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Bay, Ramon Ramirez, Red Sox, Roy Halladay, Takashi Saito, Vernon Wells, Victor Martinez