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The Red Sox right-hander pitched 5 2/3 effective innings last night to earn his first big league win since May of 2008. Afterwards, Buchholz said it felt like “about three years” since his last victory.
Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and David Ortiz contributed a long two-run double to left centerfield, as the Sox struggled to score against some tough Blue Jays pitching.
Jays’ rookie Ricky Romero was dominant at times with 8 Ks, but walked five in 4 1/3 innings and took the loss to drop to 7-4.
The Sox released SS Julio Lugo prior to the game … Jason Bay, possibly distracted by contract talk, struck out three times and went 0-4 … Daniel Bard struck out three of the four batters he faced … Papelbon pitched a 1, 2, 3 ninth to earn his 24th save in 26 opportunities … the Jays wore their baby blue throwback uniforms.