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Why 2nd inning in Rick Porcello’s gem vs. Blue Jays was the difference 04.29.15 at 10:43 pm ET
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Rick Porcello gave the Red Sox a start Wednesday that can hopefully turn their season around. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello gave the Red Sox a start Wednesday that the team hopes can turn its season around. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Between the second and seventh innings, Rick Porcello retired 13 straight Blue Jays hitters en route to going seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball in the Red Sox‘ 4-1 win Wednesday night.

It was an impressive start that the Red Sox desperately needed, but Porcello said that stretch wasn’t even the biggest of his outing — it was allowing just one run in the second inning.

“My back was against the wall right there,” Porcello said. “We were able to get a big double play. [Dustin Pedroia] made a great play to turn it. That was huge. To me getting out of it with just one run was the difference. We were able to go ahead when Hanley [Ramirez] hit the home run and put some runs up there. I was able to settle down and get some quick outs and get deep in the game.”

After striking out the side after a lead-off walk in the first inning, Porcello allowed Kevin Pillar to open the second inning with a double. Michael Saunders, the next batter, reached on an error by Porcello as he couldn’t step on first base when he was receiving a flip from Mike Napoli. He then hit Dalton Pompey to load the bases with no outs.

Catcher Josh Thole hit a liner that Xander Bogaerts couldn’t handle, but Mookie Betts alertly was able to force Saunders out at third base with Pillar scoring on the play. Porcello was able to get out of the inning with just the one run when he induced a 4-6-3 double play started by Pedroia.

The offense carried the momentum over to the next half inning when they put up three runs — a David Ortiz RBI single followed by a two-run Ramirez homer. The Red Sox’ pitching staff’s nemesis has been shut down innings, so the third inning was particularly important for Porcello, especially struggling in the second and throwing 38 pitches after two innings.

Porcello responded in a big way with a 1-2-3, 11-pitch inning, which set the tone for the remainder of the game.

“A quick inning and getting back in the dugout was huge,” he said. “To keep the momentum and our offense on their pitcher it’s kind of one of those things where you know you just scored some runs and you want to go out there and throw up zeros.”

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Closing Time: Led by Rick Porcello’s gem, Red Sox beat Blue Jays 04.29.15 at 8:53 pm ET
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Rick Porcello gave the Red Sox just what they needed in Wednesday's win. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello gave the Red Sox just what they needed in Wednesday’s win. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Desperately needing a good start from a starter, Rick Porcello stepped up and delivered.

The 26-year-old went seven innings, allowing just two hits leading the way to a 4-1 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays Wednesday night. The Red Sox took 2-of-3 in the series.

Prior to Wednesday’s game, the Red Sox bullpen had thrown 15 combined innings in the last three games and the team has called up four relievers from Pawtucket since Sunday.

After allowing a run in the second inning, the right-hander settled in nicely, as he retired 13 straight batters from the end of the second inning to the first batter of the seventh.

“He gave us exactly what we needed,” manager John Farrell said. “Seven strong innings. Turns it over to the bullpen with [Junichi Tazawa] and Koji [Uehara] doing their job. As much as we talked about the starter setting the tone, Rick certainly did that tonight. Beyond Rick, you go back to the third inning, which was really the difference in the game, Mookie [Betts] makes a great catch in center field. [Hanigan] starts the inning off with a long, quality at-bat. Hanley does what he’€™s been doing all month.”

Porcello finished the night going seven full innings, allowing one run on two hits while walking two and striking out six. He threw 99 pitches and it was his first start this season that he didn’t allow a home run.

Koji Uehara picked up the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz provided the Red Sox all the offense they would need in the third inning. Ortiz had an RBI single, which put the Sox on the board and tied the game. Then Ramirez’s two-run home run, which held up as the game-winning RBI.

The Red Sox added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Betts.

SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Porcello. He gave the Sox a start they desperately needed. It was just the fifth time in 22 games a Red Sox starter has recorded an out in the seventh inning.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:

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Red Sox roster moves: Tommy Layne recalled, Dalier Hinojosa selected; Jackie Bradley optioned, Anthony Varvaro designated 04.29.15 at 4:03 pm ET
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Tommy Layne

Tommy Layne

For the fourth straight day, the Red Sox made a roster move affecting their bullpen.

Wednesday the team recalled reliever Tommy Layne and selected Dalier Hinojosa, while optioning Jackie Bradley back to Triple-A Pawtucket and designating Anthony Varvaro for assignment. Varvaro was designated for assignment in order to get Hinojosa onto the 40-man roster.

Bradley Jr. was up for Tuesday’s game, but didn’t get into the game. The bullpen has thrown 15 innings over the last three games, so the extra arms were needed.

“Obviously we needed the ability to have not only fresh arms but another pitcher that’€™s capable of multiple innings and that’€™s where Hinojosa comes into the mix,” manager John Farrell said.

It is Layne’s second stint with the team this year after throwing 4 2/3 innings in the first week of the year and allowing three runs. He was optioned when Koji Uehara returned for the home opener.

Hinojosa signed with the Red Sox in 2013 as an international free agent and spent last year with Pawtucket. The right-hander went 3-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 41 games. This season he’s thrown 7 1/3 innings and allowed three runs. It’s his first taste of the big leagues.

“The stuff that he has, the power in his arm, the breaking ball that he possesses,” Farrell said. “What we needed was another right-hander to matchup against right-handed hitters and that’€™s where he comes into the mix to us.”

Varvaro, who was traded to the Red Sox this offseason, has thrown 11 innings his year and allowed five runs, while walking six. It wasn’t necessarily anything he did poorly, it was just a matter of necessity and making a roster move for a fresh arm.

“We’€™re trying to get a number of guys on track,” said Farrell. “To single any one pitcher out is probably not the right approach given the work that we’€™ve had with the group of guys here. Again, Anthony’€™s strength has been against left-handed hitting in the past. The fact that we’€™ve got three left-handers in the bullpen, the fit was to go the direction we are.”

The Red Sox now are carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players, one more pitcher than usual.

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Red Sox lineup: Mike Napoli returns, Brock Holt stays in right field 04.29.15 at 2:08 pm ET
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After missing two games with an illness, Mike Napoli returns to the Red Sox lineup in the series finale with the Blue Jays Wednesday night.

Brock Holt gets his third straight start in right field with Shane Victorino on the disabled list.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval comes into the game swinging as hot of a bat as anyone in the league, as he’s 6-for-7 over the last two games.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello as the Red Sox lineup will go up against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

1. Mookie Betts, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli. 1B
7. Brock Holt, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Ryan Hanigan, C
Rick Porcello, RHP

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Clay Buchholz takes some responsibility for poor performance: ‘I have to do a lot better job than that’ 04.28.15 at 11:51 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz has a 5.40 ERA since the start of the 2014 season. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz has a 5.40 ERA since the start of the 2014 season. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Another game, another poor outing from a Red Sox starter.

Coming into the season the Red Sox weren’t expected to have five pitcher’s competing for the Cy Young. But, what they’ve received through the first 21 games has been far from what anyone thought they would get.

Dependability was the word thrown around most, and the Red Sox starters have been anything but dependable.

No. 1 starter Clay Buchholz was the latest to go down, as he went just 2 2/3 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) all in the third inning before being boo’d off the Fenway Park mound in an eventual 11-8 loss to the Blue Jays. All the damage came after he was given a 4-0 lead going into the inning.

It was the second time in five starts this season where he’s failed to record two outs in the third inning and Tuesday was the shortest outing of his career since going 2 1/3 innings April 21 of last year against the Orioles.

“I mean, whenever the team gives you a four-run lead you’re supposed to come out a lot better than that,” said Buchholz. “Went out there with a game plan of throwing strikes, let them put the ball in play and get outs. Walked the first guy. All the contact that they made — they hit the ball hard and it wasn’t at any of our players in the field. I have to do a lot better job than that.”

“I have to do a better job of minimizing the damage in that inning and getting us back in there with the lead still. I didn’t do a good job of that,” he added.

Buchholz now has an ERA of 5.76 and Red Sox starters now have a collective ERA of 6.03, the worst in the majors. It’€™€™s the eighth time in 21 games the Red Sox’€™€™ starter has failed to make it out of the fifth inning. Furthermore, Buchholz is the third Red Sox starter to allow five earned runs in fewer than three innings this season. This comes after they had three such outings all of last season.

“I would have liked to stay in there a little bit longer, but that’s not my call,” Buchholz said. “I have have to do a better job of persuading I guess in a way. Couple of pitches that got hit hard, like I said, I felt like they were pretty good pitches. Other ones were mistakes in the zone and that is what good hitters are supposed to do. I am a lot better than that. Get them again in two more starts and I’ll do a lot better job next time.”

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Closing Time: Red Sox can’t overcome dismal Clay Buchholz start, fall to Blue Jays 04.28.15 at 10:12 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz was yanked after just 2 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz was yanked after just 2 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Blue Jays. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

If you thought the Red Sox‘ starting rotation had problems going into Tuesday, they just became a whole lot worse.

Handed a four-run lead going into the top of the third, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz imploded, allowing five runs (four earned) in the frame and was removed after recording just two outs with the Red Sox trailing 5-4.

Edward Mujica came on to allow three more runs in the fourth inning, all on the way to a 11-8 Red Sox loss to the Blue Jays.

“I mean, whenever the team gives you a four-run lead you’re supposed to come out a lot better than that,” Buchholz said. “Went out there with a game plan of throwing strikes, let them put the ball in play and get outs. Walked the first guy. All the contact that they made — they hit the ball hard and it wasn’t at any of our players in the field. I have to do a lot better job than that.”

Buchholz now has an ERA of 5.76 and Red Sox starters now have an ERA of 6.03, the worst in the majors. It’€™s the eighth time in 21 games the Red Sox’€™ starter has failed to make it out of the fifth inning. He is the third Red Sox starter to allow five earned runs in fewer than three innings this season. This after they had three such outings all of last season.

Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchinson wasn’t much better than Buchholz, as he allowed six runs in four innings on nine hits, while walking five.

The Red Sox did make a game of it late, as Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run just inside Pesky’s Pole in the eighth inning making it a two-run game at the time, but that would be as close as they would get. It was Ramirez’s 200th career homer.

“In our dugout, regardless of the score, there’€™s always a thought that ‘€” even tonight ‘€” we feel like we can comeback,” manager John Farrell said. “We did comeback, we answered. It felt like we still had an opportunity to win this game even though you’€™re down three-four runs in the middle innings. We’€™ve got to find a way to gain some consistency and, more importantly, maintain to momentum with a shut down inning.”

SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: The entire Blue Jays lineup. Every starter recorded a hit, as they finished with 17 in the game. Six of their nine starters had multiple hits.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:

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Clay Buchholz roughed up for 5 runs in 2 2/3 innings (all coming in 3rd inning) 04.28.15 at 7:50 pm ET
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As if you thought it couldn’t get any worse for Red Sox starters.

Handed a 4-0 lead going into the top of the third inning, Clay Buchholz imploded, allowing five runs (four earned) before being removed after recording just two outs in the inning against the Blue Jays Tuesday night. Toronto had five hits (all singles) in the inning.

He finished the outing going 2 2/3 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out four.

Buchholz now has an ERA of 5.76 and Red Sox starters now have an ERA of 6.03, the worst in the majors. It’s the eight time in 21 games the Red Sox starter has failed to make it out of the fifth inning.

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Red Sox injury updates: Mike Napoli out ‘couple of days,’ Shane Victorino targeting at-bats early next week 04.28.15 at 4:32 pm ET
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First baseman Mike Napoli missed Monday’s game with the Blue Jays with an illness, and that illness will keep him out at least a few more days.

Manager John Farrell said prior to Tuesday’s game Napoli would be out “probably next couple of days.” His illness is contagious, so the team is being careful.

Daniel Nava has started at first base both nights in Napoli’s absence.

After being placed on the disabled list April 25 with a hamstring injury, Shane Victorino is taking the steps needed to make a return as soon as next weekend. He’s eligible to return next Friday (May 8) in Toronto.

“Vic’s running will increase with intensity today,” said Farrell. “Would anticipate that he continues to ramp up through the weekend and hopefully early next week would be able to go out and get some at-bats.”

The only issue of coming back next Friday is playing on the new artificial turf in Toronto for a weekend series, which has caused some issues to some players already. Farrell said the team will monitor the situation and know more as next Friday gets closer.

“The reports coming out of teams that have gone through there have been — it’s a new turf. It’s extremely long, the blade of artificial grass, the depth of the crushed rubber is deep,” Farrell said. “It looks like some guys have had some negative effects on their legs after playing up there. Whether or not Vic is ready to be activated, next Friday is the day, we’ll determine that when we get closer to it.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

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Jackie Bradley recalled, Steven Wright optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket 04.28.15 at 4:07 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

For the third straight day the Red Sox made a roster move, this time to get back to standard 12 pitcher, 13 position player roster.

Outfielder Jackie Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and pitcher Steven Wright was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. Wright was called up Monday, but wasn’t needed in the game.

“We needed to add another position player,” manager John Farrell said. “Mike Napoli is still day-to-day and with last night’s outing of Joe Kelly and where we came through last night, felt like our bullpen was caught up enough to go back to 12 pitchers. Jackie will be in a reserve role coming off the bench.”

Bradley got the call around 1:15 this afternoon, and received plenty of congratulatory hugs from his teammates upon arriving in the clubhouse.

“Just coming off the bench,” Bradley said of his role. “Maybe late inning and just I have to be ready to go in at any notice.”

After not making the Opening Day roster, Bradley has enjoyed a lot of success at Triple-A, as he was hitting .315 through his first 18 games with an on-base percentage of .383.

“He’s maintained the swing he showed in spring training, which I think he’s back to the stroke he had as an amateur and in the early days of his pro career,” Farrell said. “I thought last year there was maybe some length added to his swing. Opened up some holes. But it’s more of a line drive all fields approach that he’s maintained.”

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Red Sox lineup: Pablo Sandoval starts after leaving Monday’s game, Mike Napoli out again 04.28.15 at 2:48 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

After leaving Monday’s game against the Blue Jays with neck soreness, Pablo Sandoval returns to the Red Sox lineup Tuesday. Sandoval went 2-for-2 in the game with 3 RBI before leaving in the top of the sixth. He stiffened up after making a diving catch on a pop up bunt in the fourth.

Mike Napoli is out for the second straight day. He missed Monday’s game with an illness.

Daniel Nava will play first in Napoli’s place, and Brock Holt gets the start in right field.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, as the Red Sox lineup goes up against Drew Hutchison.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

1. Mookie Betts, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Daniel Nava, 1B
7. Brock Holt, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Ryan Hanigan, C
Clay Buchholz, RHP

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