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BALTIMORE -- Doesn't take much more than simple math to figure out Clay Buchholz has worked his way back and is ready for the playoffs.
"He's answered the physical question, for sure," Boston manager John Farrell said.
Buchholz (12-1) allowed up three runs and seven hits in seven innings, and Daniel Nava and David Ortiz hit three-run homers for the Red Sox, who had an 8-0 lead by the third inning. Dustin Pedroia added three hits, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a three-run drive overturned in a video review.
The win left the AL East champions needing one more win or a loss by Oakland to clinch the AL's best record. The Athletics played Seattle later Friday.
Given a big lead before his first pitch, Buchholz rebounded from a loss to Toronto last weekend. A strained neck that cost him three months interrupted what has been a stellar season statistically. His ERA is 1.74, and he's 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA in seven road starts. He's also 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA in his last four starts against Baltimore.
"It's a good stepping stone," Buchholz said. "I'm just glad the team could score all those runs. There wasn't a whole lot of stress in the outing today."
That was probably for the best, given that Buchholz's routine was upset by the team's off day Thursday, when he said he basically slept all day.
"My body felt a little lethargic tonight," he said. "I felt when I woke up this morning that it might be a grinding outing for me today, which I felt I needed, too. Anybody can go out there when you have your best stuff."
Scott Feldman (5-6) allowed eight runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings for the Orioles, who have lost seven of nine.
"It would've been nice to finish up a little stronger heading to the offseason coming off a good game," Feldman said. "But the bottom line is, we all, everybody in here, wanted to make the playoffs and we didn't do it. Hopefully next year we'll get in there."
Saltalamacchia's drive off Feldman in the third hit the top side of the cushion atop the right-field wall and caromed back onto the field. After the play Initially ruled a home run, umpires reviewed the video and gave Saltalamacchia a double that left two men on. Drew followed with a two-run single off Zach Britton.
Ortiz hit his 30th homer in the eighth, the first batter faced by former Boston College pitcher Mike Belfiore in his major-league debut.
"Welcome to the big leagues," Ortiz said. "I heard he's from Boston, too."
Ortiz tied Ted Williams' team record for 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons with seven. ... Davis' homer was his 28th at home, breaking the previous franchise record set by Frank Robinson in Memorial Stadium in 1966. Davis was back in the lineup after missing one game with a sore right foot. An X-ray on Thursday showed nothing worrisome. "It was more about just letting me catch my breath," Davis said. ... Jones' homer was his career-best 33rd, one more than last year. ... Red Sox OF Shane Victorino sat out with a nagging thumb injury. "Fully expect he'll be in the lineup tomorrow," Farrell said. ... Napoli went 1 for 3 with two walks in his return to Boston's lineup after missing four games with a left foot injury, and CF Jacoby Ellsbury was 0 for 4 in his second game after missing 16 with a broken right foot. ... A handful of Red Sox players debuted a new slogan before the game, wearing red T-shirts that read: "3 lines, 2 Chainz, 1 goal."
|David Ortiz knocks a three-run shot as the Red Sox look to win home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.297|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.189|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||2||3||0||1||0||0||.299|
|Brock Holt, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.203|
|David Ortiz, DH||5||2||2||3||0||0||2||.308|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||3||1||1||1||2||2||1||.257|
|Brandon Snyder, PR-1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.191|
|Daniel Nava, RF||5||2||2||3||0||1||3||.297|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||3||3||1||1||0||1||.245|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||4||1||1||1||0||2||3||.272|
|a-Ryan Lavarnway, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.307|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||0||2||3||0||0||1||.252|
|b-Xander Bogaerts, PH-SS||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.233|
|Clay Buchholz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Breslow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Koji Uehara, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-popped out for Saltalamacchia in the 9th|
|b-singled for Drew in the 9th|
|2B - Mike Napoli (37, Feldman), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (40, Feldman)|
|3B - Stephen Drew (8, Feldman)|
|HR - David Ortiz (30, Belfiore), Daniel Nava (12, Feldman), Jonny Gomes (13, Belfiore)|
|RBI - David Ortiz 3 (103), Mike Napoli (91), Daniel Nava 3 (66), Jonny Gomes (51), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (65), Stephen Drew 3 (67)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz 3 (33), Stephen Drew (42)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Pedroia-Drew-Napoli|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Clay Buchholz (W,12-1)||7||7||3||3||0||4||2||1.74|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 113-77, Craig Breslow 18-12, Koji Uehara 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 5-11, Craig Breslow 1-1, Koji Uehara 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 27, Craig Breslow 5, Koji Uehara 3|
|Brian Roberts, DH||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Nick Markakis, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.270|
|a-Steve Pearce, PH-RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.257|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.285|
|Jason Pridie, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Chris Davis, 1B||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.287|
|b-Danny Valencia, PH-3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.301|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.233|
|Dan Johnson, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.262|
|Chris Snyder, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.100|
|Nate McLouth, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.258|
|Jonathan Schoop, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Ryan Flaherty, 3B-SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.219|
|Scott Feldman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.162|
|Zach Britton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Johnson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Belfiore, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Markakis in the 8th|
|b-singled for Davis in the 8th|
|HR - Adam Jones (33, Buchholz), Chris Davis (53, Buchholz)|
|RBI - Adam Jones 2 (108), Chris Davis (138)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones 2 (36)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1|
|DP - Schoop-Hardy-Davis, Schoop-Hardy-Davis-Flaherty-Schoop-Johnson|
|Scott Feldman (L,12-12)||2.1||8||8||8||1||1||1||3.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 57-33, Zach Britton 50-34, Steve Johnson 39-21, Mike Belfiore 34-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 2-4, Zach Britton 6-1, Steve Johnson 1-1, Mike Belfiore 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 16, Zach Britton 14, Steve Johnson 8, Mike Belfiore 7|
|Attendance - 30774|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Field Culbreth|