|Closing Time: Clay Buchholz continues to dominate, this time leading Red Sox past Indians||08.10.12 at 9:47 pm ET|
Clay Buchholz keeps on living the life of a staff ace.
Friday night, the Red Sox starter tossing a complete game while leading the Sox to a 3-2 win over the Indians at Progressive Field.
Buchholz finished allowing two runs over nine innings, lowering his ERA in his last five starts to 1.15. It was the first time that the righty has gotten through nine innings without giving up a walk, with the hurler striking out six without issuing any free passes. He finished throwing 104 pitches.
It was just the third win for the Red Sox in 10 games this month, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Here is what went right (and wrong) for the Red Sox:
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- Dustin Pedroia knotted the game for the Red Sox in the fourth inning, singling in Mike Aviles with one out. Aviles had reached third after walking and then moving up two bases on Chris Seddon’s errant pickoff throw. Pedroia would finish with his fifth multi-hit game in 10 August appearances, having come into the game hitting .343 with seven runs during the span.
- Cody Ross took Seddon’s 85th pitch of the night 420 feet for his 18th homer of the season in the sixth inning. The blast gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead. The blast to center field plated Pedroia, who reached via his second single of the night. It was just the fifth time Ross has hit a homer on a pitch that wasn’t a fastball, taking advantage of a slider.
- In his return to the Red Sox, Scott Podsednik came away with an infield single in his second at-bat of the night. The outfielder has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, albeit with his previous hit prior to Friday coming on June 17.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- With nobody out in the sixth inning, Pedroia misplayed a Jason Donald grounder up the middle, committing his third error of the season. The damage was made worse when Aviles scooped up the errant grounder and threw it into the stands in an attempt to throw behind Donald at first, allowing the baserunner to reach third. The play resulted in the Indians’ second run when Ezequiel Carrera notched a sacrifice fly to right field.
- The Indians jumped on the board first thanks to Asdrubal Cabrera’s solo homer in the first inning. It was just the second home run allowed by Buchholz in his last six outings.
- Will Middlebrooks was hit by a 96 mph fastball from Esmil Rogers on his right hand. The ninth-inning injury forced the rookie from the game.
- The Red Sox couldn’t solve reliever Cody Allen, who became the second player in the 2011 draft to make it to the major leagues despite being picked in the 23rd round. The only other member of the ’11 draft class to make it the bigs thus far is Arizona’s Trevor Bauer, the third overall pick. By throwing a perfect seventh inning, hitters are now 1-for-29 against the rookie. He did, however, give up a single to Aviles and walk to Pedroia in the eighth before being lifted with one out.
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