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.

Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

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Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

The A.L. East-champion Red Sox, still fighting for playoff position, field their usual lineup as they open David Ortiz's final regular-season series tonight (7:10) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox (92-67) are two games behind the Texas Rangers (94-65) in the race for the best record in the A.L., with the Cleveland Indians (91-67) a half-game behind Boston.

Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.11 ERA), the likely Game 1 starter in the ALDS, will try to add to his Cy Young Award resume tonight. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.53).

The Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles (both 87-72) are tied for the A.L. wild-card lead with the Detroit Tigers (85-73) 1 1/2 games back.

It’s the final regular season series for Oritz, with ceremonies planned to honor the retiring Red Sox DH prior to each of the final three game this weekend. 

The lineups:

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Brock Holt 3B

Mookie Betts RF

David Ortiz DH

Hanely Ramirez 1B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Jackie Bradley CF

Sandy Leon C

Andrew Benintendi LF

Rick Porcello P

 

BLUE JAYS

Eziquiel Carrera LF

Josh Donaldson 3B

Edwin Encarnacion DH

Jose Bautista RF

Russell Martin C

Troy Tulowitzki SS

Justin Smoak 1B

Kevin Pillar CF

Devon Travis 2B

Marco Estrada RHP