Boston at Toronto

W: C. Buchholz (1-0) L: R. Romero (7-4)
S: J. Papelbon (24)
HR: BOS - K. Youkilis (17)   TOR - None

Buchholz keeps Jays in check to win major league return wire reports

TORONTO -- Clay Buchholz's reward for winning his season debut? A ticket back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Buchholz pitched 5 2/3 innings to earn his first major league victory in more than a year, Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Friday night.

"[Buchholz] was awesome," teammate Dustin Pedroia said. "He threw every pitch in any count. You could tell he was frustrating those guys."

David Ortiz added a two-run double as Boston opened the second half by winning its fourth straight.

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Toronto has lost 13 of 16 to drop a season-high three games below .500.

Called up from Pawtucket, where he was 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA, Buchholz (1-0) made his first major league start since Aug. 20. The win was his first since May 2, 2008.

"It feels like about three years," Buchholz said.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona was impressed with Buchholz's composure.

"Considering the circumstances and everything, I thought he had poise, I thought he had good stuff," Francona said. "He attacked with his fastball, he threw his changeup, he threw his breaking ball. He commanded the game. It's really gratifying for us. We've heard all the reports and we've seen him work but then to see him do it tonight was a lot of fun for us."

Buchholz threw a no-hitter against Baltimore in his second career start in 2007. He struggled last season and was sent to the minors on Aug. 21 after going 0-7 with a 9.21 ERA in his previous 10 games.

"I was fighting an uphill battle last year, coming into a game, because it felt like I was already down before I even stepped out on the field," Buchholz said. "This year's been a different story. I definitely feel a lot better as far as going out there and being confident."

Against Toronto, the right-hander allowed one run and four hits. He left after a two-out single by Lyle Overbay and a walk to Alex Rios put runners at first and second. Daniel Bard came on and struck out Jose Bautista to end the inning.

Buchholz knew in advance he'd be going back to Triple-A no matter what he did against Toronto. Boston's rotation is already set and the club used Buchholz to give its starters an extra day of rest after the All-Star break.

"I'm just thankful for the opportunity to be here and play with these guys again," he said. "The starting rotation they have here right now is pretty unbelievable."

Bard got four outs, Hideki Okajima worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 24th save in 26 chances.

Blue Jays rookie Ricky Romero (7-4) lost for the first time in seven starts, allowing four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. The lefty matched a season high with five walks and struck out eight.

"He didn't have his command tonight, he walked five guys," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "He had eight strikeouts but it was the walks that killed him tonight."

Youkilis connected for his 17th homer in the first and Ortiz doubled off the top of the left-field wall in the fifth to give the Red Sox a 4-1 lead.

"Youk got a fastball and gave us a lead, which is a good way to play because Romero has got one of the best left-handed changeups in the game," Francona said.

Rios hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth for Toronto.


  • The Red Sox are expected to activate SS Jed Lowrie (wrist) before their game against Toronto on Saturday.
  • OF Jacoby Ellsbury (illness) was scratched from Boston's lineup and replaced by Rocco Baldelli.
  • The Blue Jays were without OF Vernon Wells (stomach virus).
  • Overbay had three of Toronto's five hits.
  • Blue Jays LHP Brian Tallet, who has won just once in six starts, will pitch out of the bullpen for now as the Blue Jays use off days to go with a four-man rotation over the next few weeks.
  • Toronto signed its fourth-round pick in June's draft, SS Ryan Goins from Dallas Baptist University.
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Clay Buchholz makes his first start since August 2008. He strikes out three in 5 2/3 innings. (AP)
Clay Buchholz makes his first start since August 2008. He strikes out three in 5 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Buchholz
IP 5.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 3

K. Youkilis
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1

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J.D. Drew, RF4000121 .248
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3210101 .303
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3212111 .299
David Ortiz, DH4022021 .226
Jason Bay, LF4000033 .257
Mike Lowell, 3B4020002 .285
Jason Varitek, C2000201 .237
Rocco Baldelli, CF4000022 .270
Nick Green, SS4000022 .252
2B - David Ortiz (20, R. Romero)
HR - Kevin Youkilis (17, R. Romero)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (55), David Ortiz 2 (49)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Pedroia-Green-Youkilis
E - Mike Lowell (9, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz (W,1-0) 5.2411330 1.59
Daniel Bard (H,2) 1.1000030 2.42
Hideki Okajima (H,19) 1100000 3.23
Jonathan Papelbon (S,24) 1000000 1.80
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 10-4, Hideki Okajima 2-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 24, Daniel Bard 4, Hideki Okajima 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS2000210 .287
Aaron Hill, 2B4000012 .289
Adam Lind, DH4010000 .305
Scott Rolen, 3B4110000 .319
Lyle Overbay, 1B4030001 .259
Alex Rios, CF2001111 .260
Jose Bautista, RF4000013 .259
Rod Barajas, C4000012 .248
Dave Dellucci, LF3000010 .190
    John McDonald, LF0000000 .294
2B - Adam Lind (28, Buchholz), Scott Rolen (27, Okajima), Lyle Overbay (19, Buchholz)
SF - Alex Rios (4)
RBI - Alex Rios (47)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Scutaro-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Romero (L,7-4) 4.1544581 3.25
Shawn Camp 2.2000000 3.45
Jeremy Accardo 1100020 3.18
Brandon League 1000020 4.95
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 93-53, Shawn Camp 20-17, Jeremy Accardo 13-9, Brandon League 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 4-0, Shawn Camp 4-4, Jeremy Accardo 1-0, Brandon League 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 22, Shawn Camp 8, Jeremy Accardo 4, Brandon League 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32928
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mike Reilly