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Buchholz throws 3-hitter, Red Sox beat Rays 3-0

By MARK DIDTLER
Associated Press
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Clay Buchholz cruised past the Tampa Bay Rays.

Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Rays 3-0 on Sunday.

Buchholz (6-8) walked none and struck out six. Only one runner reached second base during his second shutout this season and the sixth of his career.

''He was in complete command for nine innings,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''Outstanding.''

The right-hander's previous win came over Kansas City on July 18, five days after he tossed a three-hitter in an 11-0 win against Houston. He was 0-3 in that span.

''I felt good with all my pitches,'' said Buchholz, who threw just 98. ''It doesn't always happen that way, but it's fun when it does.''

Buchholz is the first Boston pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 to have a pair of shutouts on three or fewer hits and no walks in the same season.

Alex Cobb (9-7) gave up two runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings and took his first loss in two months. After losing to Pittsburgh on June 23, Cobb went 7-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 11 starts entering Sunday.

''He had his `A' game going today and when he's on like that, it's tough to scratch across runs,'' Cobb said about Buchholz.

Tampa Bay (66-71), which has been shut out 16 times this season, has dropped 10 of 15.

Xander Bogaerts singled leading off the third, went to third when Cobb was charged with an error for a wild pickoff try and scored to put Boston up 1-0 on Christian Vazquez's single. The Rays have at least one error in eight consecutive games for their longest streak since a team-record, 11-game stretch in 2004.

After Mookie Betts had an RBI single in the fifth, David Ortiz made it 3-0 when he went the opposite way against a defensive shift and hit a run-scoring single through the vacated shortstop spot in the eighth.

Ortiz has reached base in 16 straight games. He has 152 RBIs against the Rays, the most of any opponent.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup one day after leaving with concussion-like symptoms. Farrell said Pedroia is not expected to play Monday, but felt better Sunday and the team is hopeful the injury is a short-term issue.

Rays: CF Desmond Jennings was out of the lineup for the third straight game due to left knee soreness. ... OF David DeJesus (broken left hand) expects to be activated from the disabled list Monday.

CASTILLO COUNTDOWN

Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, signed to a $72.5 million, seven-year contract last week, singled in his first professional at-bat and ended up 1 for 2 as the DH for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in Game 2 of the GCL championship series. Expected to join the Red Sox in September, Castillo is scheduled to play three to five innings in center field in the final game of the GCL series Monday.

MYERS MISERY

Struggling Rays OF Wil Myers was out of the lineup. The 2013 AL Rookie of the Year has just six hits in 42 at-bats, including 16 strikeouts, since returning from a broken right wrist that sidelined him for 70 games.

UP NEXT

Red Sox RHP Rubby De La Rosa (4-5) and Rays LHP Drew Smyly (9-10) are the scheduled starters for the finale of a four-game series Monday. Last Wednesday night at Baltimore, Smyly became the second Tampa Bay pitcher to allow two hits or fewer over seven or more innings in consecutive starts.

 
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Players of the Game
Boston

C. Buchholz
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
Tampa Bay

A. Cobb
IP 6.1
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brock Holt, 2B4110022.289.339.385
Mookie Betts, CF4121001.259.344.424
David Ortiz, DH3011112.265.362.515
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4010022.260.302.462
Mike Napoli, 1B4000011.251.372.427
Daniel Nava, RF4010002.262.338.336
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4000012.194.265.284
Xander Bogaerts, SS4120020.224.293.335
Christian Vazquez, C4011011.218.282.264
Clay Buchholz, P00000001.0001.0001.000
Totals35393110    
Batting
2B - Mookie Betts (5, Peralta), Xander Bogaerts (23, Cobb)
RBI - Mookie Betts (8), David Ortiz (95), Christian Vazquez (13)
2-OUT RBI - Mookie Betts (5)
SB - Brock Holt (11, 2nd base off Cobb/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Middlebrooks-Bogaerts-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz (W,6-8) 9300060 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 98-69
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 12-8
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 29
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Kevin Kiermaier, CF4010011.269.323.466
Brandon Guyer, LF4000012.272.343.379
Matt Joyce, RF3010011.267.365.408
Evan Longoria, 3B3000001.254.323.395
James Loney, DH3000010.285.333.375
Logan Forsythe, 2B3000010.235.290.342
Yunel Escobar, SS3000000.249.312.314
Jose Molina, C3010000.184.238.194
Sean Rodriguez, 1B3000011.222.269.463
Alex Cobb, P0000000.125.222.250
   Joel Peralta, P0000000.000.000.000
   Grant Balfour, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kirby Yates, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2903006    
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (23, Buchholz)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Forsythe-Escobar-S. Rodriguez
E - Alex Cobb (4, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb (L,9-7) 6.1721160 2.98
Joel Peralta 1211010 3.86
Grant Balfour 0.2000010 5.26
Kirby Yates 1000020 3.30
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 105-68, Joel Peralta 20-15, Grant Balfour 8-7, Kirby Yates 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 6-6, Joel Peralta 1-1, Grant Balfour 1-0
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 26, Joel Peralta 5, Grant Balfour 2, Kirby Yates 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16822
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Toby Basner, Third Base - Mike DiMuro