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.