Love that dirty water

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Love that dirty water

BOSTON It took Clay Buchholz until his seventh start of the season, but he finally recorded a quality start Friday night, beating the Indians SCORE, at Fenway Park.

It was the first career win Buchholz recorded against the Indians, the only American League opponent he had not beaten. He improves to 1-1 in four career starts.

Buchholz, who had been averaging just over 5 23 innings, went 6 23 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks with no strikeouts, and one hit batter. He improved his record to 4-1, while dropping his ERA from 9.09 to 8.31. Buchholz entered the day with the highest ERA in baseball among qualified starters.

He also had the most run support, at 9.64, attributing to much of the reason for his success this season.

Ubaldo Jimenez, making just his second career appearance at Fenway Park since losing Game 2 of the 2007 World Series with Colorado, lasted just 4 13 innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and five walks with four strikeouts, a hit batter and a wild pitch. His record falls to 3-3, with a 5.17 ERA.

The Sox scored two runs in the first, sending eight batters to the plate, two more in the second, and another three in the fifth when they sent nine batters to the plate.

Dustin Pedroia went went 3-for4 with three RBI, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest streak by a Sox batter this season and longest active streak in the majors.

Alfredo Aceves earned his sixth save. He gave up a run with on two hits and walk with a strikeout in the ninth. With runnres on second and third and two outs, he got former Sox Johnny Damon to fly out to Ryan Sweeney in center.

With the win, the Sox improve to 13-19 overall, 5-11 at Fenway, and 2-8 in May.

Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Wright, Sox try to salvage 3-3 homestand

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Wright, Sox try to salvage 3-3 homestand

The Red Sox try to end their short homestand at 3-3 and take two of three from the last-place Tampa Bay Rays in the series finale this afternoon at Fenway Park.

Steven Wright (13-6, 3.18 ERA), who allowed five first-inning runs to the Kansas Royals in his last start - his first since coming off the disabled list - is on the mound for the Red Sox. Left-hander Drew Smyly (6-11, 4.80) starts for the Rays.

The Red Sox begin a nine-game road trip to Oakland, San Diego and Toronto on Friday night. 

The lineups:

RAYS

Logan Forsythe 2B

Kevin Kiermaier 2B

Evan Longoria 3B

Brad Miller DH

Nick Franklin RF

Logan Morrison 1B

Tim Beckham SS

Corey Dickerson LF

Bobby Wilson C

Drew Smyly LHP

 

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Sandy Leon C

Chris Young LF

Aaron Hill 3B

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

 

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'a pitch or two from finishing the job' vs. Rays

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'a pitch or two from finishing the job' vs. Rays

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"Part of that job is, when you miss, you have to miss to the extreme.'' - John Farrell on the role of eighth-inning reliever Clay Buchholz, who mislocated a fastball to Evan Longoria.

"We're putting ourselves in position to close games out and yet we've found ourselves a pitch or two from finishing the job.'' - Farrell on the team's bullpen woes.

"Fastball. I was trying to throw it up-and-away, and I pulled it, more inner-third. That's a spot where he hits the ball a long way.'' - Clay Buchholz on the game-winning homer by Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The Rays and Sox have played 21 one-run games in the lasr four seasons and four in the last week.

* David Ortiz's sacrifice fly in the sixth was his 26th go-ahead RBI, fourth-best in the A.L.

* Xander Bogaerts collected his 500th career hit, and became the fifth Red Sox player to reach that milestone before turning 24.

* Brock Holt's double in the fifth lifted his average to .337 with two outs.

* Hanley Ramirez's home run was his first against Tampa Bay since May 21, 2011 when he was with the Marlins.

* Ramirez has 19 extra-base hits in the last 27 home games.

* Dustin Pedroia was 1-for-3 and and is now 15-for-his-last-19 at Fenway.

* The Sox dropped to 7-37 when they score three runs or fewer.

* Brad Ziegler was unavailable, suffering from the flu.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

It wouldn't be a Rays win over the Red Sox without the third baseman doing some damage. Sure enough, he smoked a tape-measure shot over everything in left in the eighth to provide the winning margin for the visitors.

2) Luke Maile

Drew Pomeranz struck him out twice, but Maile more than got revenge in the seventh with a two-run homer into the Monster Seats to tie the game.

3) Hanley Ramirez

The first baseman had a three-hit night, including a solo homer and a run-scoring single, accounting for two of the three Red Sox runs.