Buchholz stifles Padres as Red Sox roll 5-1
SAN DIEGO (AP) Jackie Bradley Jr. and Chris Young homered and Clay Buchholz pitched 6-plus solid innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Buchholz (6-10) was making his first start since Aug. 23 as his last three appearances came out of the bullpen. Working exclusively from the stretch, Buchholz allowed a run, eight hits and struck out six in facing the Padres for the first time.
The Red Sox lead the majors in runs but had scored just once in their past two games, both losses. Previous to that in three straight wins, they had collected 35 runs.
Neither team scored in the first three innings or in the last four innings. But the Red Sox notched five runs in the middle innings for their 16th win in their last 25 games.