Uehara allowed two runs on two hits in one inning to pick up the loss in Friday night's game against Toronto. Uehara was beaten by reigning MVP Josh Donaldson -- no shame in that -- who took advantage of an elevated fastball. Of greater concern than Friday's homer are Uehara's results in May. He's allowed at least one hit in eight of nine appearances and sports a 5.19 ERA this month. After it was announced that Carson Smith will miss the rest of the season with Tommy John surgery, the focus turned toward Uehara and Junichi Tazawa -- two important setup men whose workload the Red Sox are trying to limit.
Uehara was charged with two runs and allowed an inherited runner to score in the eighth inning of Boston's 8-4 loss to the Royals on Wednesday. Uehara came into a one-run game, but threw a bunt attempt into right field to allow an insurance run before giving up a two-run homer the ninth hitter in the order, Paulo Orlando. Despite Tuesday night's outcome, Uehara has been good in a set up role. Fifteen of his 17 appearances have been scoreless, but those other two outings were bad enough to inflate his season ERA to 3.94.
Uehara pitched a scoreless eighth inning Friday against Houston, giving up a hit and striking out two batters. Uehara has been great this season besides one outing where he gave up four earned runs in 0.1 innings. At 41-years-old, Uehara still manages to limit baserunners as he's only given up six hits and five walks over 14.1 innings. He's racked up nine holds and has accumulated an efficient 3.14 ERA and 0.77 WHIP this season.
Uehara (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn his first victory over the season in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Yankees. He also struck out a batter. The veteran was the benficiary of a two-run blast by David Ortiz in the bottom half of the frame that broke a 2-2 tie, making him the pitcher of record after Craig Kimbrel slammed the door in the ninth. Uehara has been outstanding this season save for a disastrous blown save versus the Blue Jays on April 18, and has now pitched three consecutive scoreless outings of an inning apiece since then. In addition to Friday's victory, the 41-year-old also has been credited with seven holds.
Uehara struck out two in a scoreless relief inning in Sunday's 7-5 extra-inning victory over the Astros. This was Uehara's first appearance since his spectacular flameout a week ago when he allowed four runs on a hit, two walks and a hit batsman in a third of an inning. A refreshed Uehara executed his role perfectly, throwing 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes, picking up his sixth hold of the season and putting a two-run lead in the hands of closer Craig Kimbrel.
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