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I don’t know what was more impressive: the Red Sox slugging six home runs in a 10-0 rout of the Orioles, or Clay Buchholz’s dominating performance.
Dustin Pedroia swatted two home runs for his first career multi-HR game. Joining Pedroia was Kevin Youkilis, Alex Gonzalez, J.D. Drew, and David Ortiz, who capped the scoring with his monstrous blast to center field in the seventh inning.
Buchholz allowed just three hits and one walk in seven shutout innings to earn his fifth win of the year. All five of his wins have come against AL East foes (Blue Jays three times, Rays, Orioles), and with his performance, Buchholz knocked his ERA down to 3.92.
The Red Sox may have found their third starter (Buchholz) for the playoffs, if they’re lucky enough to make it. With the win, the Sox still lost a bit on their lead over the Rangers, who swept a doubleheader on Tuesday. Texas now sits two games back with 24 games to play.
Pedroia had his first career multi-HR game, as part of a 2-3, 3 RBI night. His first HR came in the first inning, and got the Sox onslaught started.
It’s pretty hard to complain about anything in a 10-0 win, but Jason Bay takes the “Dud” nod this time. Bay finished 0-2 with two strikeouts and a walk Tuesday night.
“He probably looked like a combination of Don Drysdale, Warren Spahn and Sandy Koufax when he got an 8-0 lead,” said Orioles manager Dave Trembley of Buchholz. “He kept pitching.”
W: Clay Buchholz (5-3)
L: David Hernandez (4-7)