By Art Martone
BOSTON -- The Red Sox' Era of Good Feeling lasted a little less than 24 hours.
Instead of being able to build on their Opening Day win over the Yankees, the Sox on Saturday got yet another horrific performance from their starting pitcher -- Clay Buchholz was the culprit this time -- along with less-than-airtight relief from Felix Doubront and Alfredo Aceves. In addition, they returned to their wasteful ways at the plate (1-for-15 with runners in scoring position).
The result? A 9-4 loss that dropped their record for the season to 1-7.
As bad as the hitting numbers may seem, it was Buchholz who dug the hole. He allowed 11 baserunners (eight hits, three walks) in 3 23 innings, and left the game trailing 5-2.
A two-run double by Dustin Pedroia (one of his three doubles in the game) in the bottom of the fourth cut the Yankee lead to 5-4, but neither Doubront nor Aceves could keep it there. Doubront -- making his first appearance of the season -- gave up a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson in the fifth, and Aceves surrendered solo shots to Robinson Cano in the sixth and Russell Martin in the seventh.
Martin hit two homers for the Yanks, and Cano and Eric Chavez each had three hits.
The horse had long since left the barn, but Tim Wakefield worked two perfect innings at the end, and -- considering Boston's pitching woes so far -- raised questions as to whether or not his role will be enhanced going forward.
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