Buchholz, Napoli lead Red Sox to 10-1 win

Buchholz, Napoli lead Red Sox to 10-1 win
May 1, 2013, 10:15 pm
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TORONTO -- For the month of April, Mike Napoli was the hottest hitter for the Red Sox and Clay Buchholz was their best starting pitcher.

Now that it's May, nothing has changed.

Buchholz dominated with seven shutout innings during which he allowed just two hits while Napoli slammed two tape-measure homers and accounted for half the Red Sox' runs in a 10-1 blowout of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Sox belted five homers -- two from Napoli and one each from Stephen Drew, Daniel Nava and Mike Carp -- to give them 16 homers in five games against the Blue Jays this season. The club has 15 homers in its other 22 games combined.

In five games at Rogers Centre this season, the Sox have scored 36 runs -- and were shut out in one of those games.

Napoli had four RBI on the night, giving him 31 for the season.

Buchholz improved to 6-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.01 for the season. That's the lowest ERA for a Red Sox starter through the first six starts in a season since Roger Clemens had a 0.73 in 1991.

The Jays didn't advance a baserunner past first until Buchholz's final inning when Melky Cabrera singled Adam Lind (walk) to third base. They managed a run off Alex Wilson in the eighth to spoil the shutout bid.


STAR OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
Buchholz tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just hits. It wasn't until his final inning of work that the Blue Jays got a baserunner into scoring position as Buchholz improved to 6-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.01.

Napoli unleashed the power, with two tape-measure homers and a run-scoring double, accounting for 10 total bases and four RBI.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Mark Buehrle
The Toronto starter gave up five hits -- and three of them were homers -- as the Red Sox raced out to a 4-0 lead after four and 8-0 through the seventh, Buehrle's final inning of work.

TURNING POINT: The way Buchholz was cruising, the back-to-back homers by Napoli and Daniel Nava in the top of the fourth made it 4-0 and effectively pushed the game out of reach.

BY THE NUMBERS: With four homers in the first 27 games, Daniel Nava is one homer shy of matching his total for all of last season.

QUOTE OF NOTE: ''Obviously, pretty good.'' -- Mike Napoli, when asked how he bounced back from a four-strikeout night Tuesday night.