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Sunday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Brad Peacock

07.13.14 at 8:51 am ET
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In their last game before the All-Star break, the Red Sox will close out a three-game set against the Astros by sending Clay Buchholz to the hill against Brad Peacock.

Buchholz (3-5, 6.11 ERA) was solid in his last outing against the White Sox on Monday, surrendering four runs and fanning seven batters over seven innings of work. While Buchholz made two mistakes in a three-run home run from Dayan Vicideo and a solo shot from Adam Dunn, the righty finished strong, retiring the last 10 batters he faced.

“€œIf you’re not looking at the line, or winning and losing pitcher, that’s the best I’ve felt,” Buchholz said after the game, which the White Sox won by a score of 4-0. “The most crisp. Curveball, changeup finally came in the last three innings I was out there. That’s as close to last year as I felt.”

Buchholz has only faced off against Houston once in his career, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 10 over 7 2/3 innings on April 25, 2013.

Peacock (3-5, 4.30 ERA) earned a win for the first time since June 5 during his last outing Tuesday on the road against the Rangers, allowing six hits and two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. It was only the second time this season that Peacock did not walk any batter in a start. The Astros have won five of the last eight games in which the Florida native has started.

“Peacock did a good job attacking the strike zone,” Astros manager Bo Porter after the Tuesday’s win. “I felt like with the heat here, it’s tough when you come in here and you’re not used to pitching in this element. I feel like you have to watch the guys close as far as their stuff leaving them.”

In his only career start against Boston on April 27, 2013, Peacock only lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five earned runs in what was a 8-4 Red Sox victory.

Red Sox vs. Peacock (RHP)

Daniel Nava has one double in three plate appearances against Peacock.

Dustin Pedroia has one single and one walk in three plate appearances against Peacock.

Mike Carp has one strikeout in two plate appearances against Peacock.

Stephen Drew has two walks in two plate appearances against Peacock.

Mike Napoli has one walk and one strikeout in two plate appearances against Peacock.

David Ortiz has one double and two RBIs in two plate appearances against Peacock.

Astros vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Jose Altuve (4 plate appearances): .250/.250/.250, 1 single, 2 strikeouts

Robbie Grossman has one strikeout in four plate appearances against Buchholz.

Chris Carter has one double and one strikeout in three plate appearances against Buchholz.

Jason Castro (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 single, 1 RBI

Matt Dominguez has one strikeout in three plate appearances against Buchholz.

Marwin Gonzalez has one double and one strikeout in three plate appearances against Buchholz.

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