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Friday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Dallas Keuchel

08.15.14 at 9:44 am ET
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The Red Sox will continue their four-game series against the Astros on Friday at Fenway Park, sending Clay Buchholz to the hill against Dallas Keuchel.

Buchholz (5-7, 5.99 ERA) will be looking to find some consistency against Houston, as the right-hander has been hot and cold for most of the season.

While Buchholz did post back-to-back starts in which he allowed seven earned runs over five innings from July 28-Aug. 3, he rebounded in his last outing Saturday against the Angels, allowing three earned runs over eight innings of work while striking out eight. At one point Buchholz retired 11 batters in a row, but in the end Boston was a dealt a 5-4 loss after a grueling 19-inning affair.

“I thought tonight was probably his best outing of the year. He was outstanding. He had a good curveball when he was in fastball counts and slowed some hitters down,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell after the game. “He had three distinct pitches tonight and looked like the Clay Buchholz we know.”

Buchholz turned in one of his best outings of the season during his last appearance against the Astros on July 13, tossing a shutout while striking out 12 Houston batters. In two career starts against the Astros, Buchholz is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA.

Keuchel (10-8, 3.07 ERA) will be looking to bounce back from a perplexing loss against the Rangers Sunday. The southpaw started off the game by retiring the first 10 batters, but eventually was tagged for five runs on six hits over six innings of work.

“You can’t be on your game all the time, but I thought the first three innings was about as good as I’ve been this season,” Keuchel said after the game. “It’s very frustrating. We’ll come back and be better.”

Keuchel has struggled since the All-Star break, posting a 2-5 record with a 4.14 ERA in nine starts, allowing 72 hits in 58 2/3 innings during that streak. The 26-year-old lefty was knocked around in his only appearance against the Red Sox on Aug. 6, 2013, giving up three hits and four earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

Astros vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Jose Altuve has one single and three strikeouts in eight plate appearances against Buchholz.

Robbie Grossman has one single and three strikeouts in seven plate appearances against Buchholz.

Chris Carter (6 plate appearances): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Jason Castro (6): .400/.500/.400, 2 singles, 2 strikeouts

Matt Dominguez has three strikeouts in six plate appearances against Buchholz.

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

Jon Singleton has one strikeout in three plate appearances against Buchholz.

Carlos Corporan (1): .000/.000/.000

Red Sox vs. Keuchel (LHP)

Yoenis Cespedes (10): .500/.500/.600, 1 double, 2 strikeouts

Mike Napoli has one walk in three plate appearances against Keuchel.

Brock Holt (1): .000/.000/.000

David Ortiz has a single and one RBI in one plate appearance against Keuchel.

Dustin Pedroia has one single and one RBI in one plate appearance against Keuchel.

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