Nava, Buchholz pace Sox past Jays


Nava, Buchholz pace Sox past Jays

TORONTO Daniel Nava led the Red Sox offense while Clay Buchholz held the Toronto offense at bay Friday night at Rogers Centre, as the Sox beat the Blue Jays, 7-2.

Nava went 4-for-5 with three doubles, three runs scored, and an RBI. He now has a five-game hit streak and has reached base safely in 20 of his 22 games since being called up May 10.

Buchholz went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. He improved his record to 5-2, dropping his ERA from 7.19 to 6.58.

The Jays two runs off Buchholz both came on solo home runs with two outs. In the third Yunel Escobar hit his third home run of the season, and in the seventh David Cooper hit his first.

Jose Bautista accounted for three of Buchholzs strikeouts. Buchholz retired the Jays slugger in the first and third innings, swinging at 94-mph fastballs. In the seventh, Bautista was caught looking at a curveball.

Buchholz retired the side in order on strikeouts in the seventh, Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, looking at curveballs, and Colby Rasmus swinging at a 94-mph fastball.

Buchholz had three baserunners before even allowing his first hit. In the first, Kelly Johnson led offs, reaching base on catchers interference called on Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Yunel Escobar followed reaching base on Mike Aviles error at shortstop. But Buchholz struck out Bautista and got Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a double play to end the inning.

Buchholz opened the second by hitting Colby Rasmus with a pitch, but retired the next three batters.

Buchholz entered the game with a 1.62 career ERA at Rogers Centre, his best ERA at any American League park. He increased that slightly to 1.71 over eight starts, spanning 52 13 innings.

Scott Atchison pitched a scoreless ninth to close the game.

David Ortiz started the scoring for the Sox with lead-off home run in the second, his 13th of the season. It was the 391st of his career.

Nava grounded out in his first at-bat, then reached base and scored in his next three. Nava, Adrian Gonzalez, and Ortiz combined to go 9-for-13, with five runs scored, five RBI, a walk and two strikeouts.

Henderson Alvarez took the loss for the Jays, falling to 3-5 with a 3.75 ERA. Alvarez, who had given up just one earned run in two previous starts spanning 12 innings, went 6 13 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts and a home run.

Alvarez took a hard shot by Mike Aviles off the inside of his left shin in the fifth but stayed in the game.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


More AP baseball:

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP