April 15, 2013

Buchholz dominates Tampa Bay

Clay Buchholz fans 11 and takes a no-hitter into the eighth inning, leading the Red Sox to a 5-0 win.

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Clay Buchholz, Shane Victorino
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz fist bumps with Shane Victorino after the eighth inning, when he lost his bid for a no-hitter. Buchholz struck out 11 and allowed two hits in eight innings.

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Clay Buchholz throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday at Fenway Park.

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MONDAY'S GAME

WHO: Rays (Hellickson 0-1) at Red Sox (Dempster 0-1)

WHEN: 11:05 a.m.

TELEVISION: NESN

Boston took a 4-0 lead in the third. Mike Napoli hit a two-run double to deep right-center and Stephen Drew hit into a run-scoring, bases-loaded forceout. After first baseman James Loney threw to second, shortstop Yunel Escobar threw wildly past Loney trying for a double play, and Daniel Nava scored from second on the error.

Will Middlebrooks added a sacrifice fly in the eighth against Jamey Wright.

One run would have been enough for Buchholz.

"His performance pretty much speaks for itself, a guy that had four pitches working for strikes," Farrell said. "I think he struck out guys on four different types of pitches.

NOTES: Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan is expected to miss a few days because of a sore right hamstring.

Hanrahan has struggled in his first season with Boston since being acquired from Pittsburgh. In his last three appearances, he's allowed six earned runs, five hits, four walks and three homers with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.

The plan is for Hanrahan to rest "the next couple of days," Farrell said. "We've got to let this settle down first before we get him back into game availability."

Buchholz has allowed two earned runs or less in 10 of 15 starts against the Rays. ... Red Sox starters have held opponents to three or fewer runs in all 11 games.

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Clay Buchholz picks up the broken bat of Tampa Bay’s Kelly Johnson after Johnson looped a liner into short right field in the eighth inning for the Rays’ first hit of the game.

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