Buchholz wins his 11th as Sox avoid a sweep
Baltimore - Clay Buchholz shook off a rocky start to earn his 11th win, Dustin Pedroia singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
Adrian Gonzalez had two RBIs and Cody Ross chipped in with three hits to help Boston to its third win in nine games. Serving as designated hitter for the first time this season, Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 4 to end his 38-game hitting streak against Baltimore.
After giving up three runs and six hits over the first two innings, Buchholz (11-3) kept the Orioles at bay while the Red Sox rebounded from a 3-1 deficit. The right-hander ended up allowing three runs, eight hits and three walks over eight innings. He struck out seven.
Alfredo Aceves worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save.
Mark Reynolds homered and Adam Jones had two RBIs for the Orioles, now 8-4 against Boston this season. Reynolds has four homers in his last six games after going 20 straight without one.
The Red Sox took a 6-3 lead with a three-run sixth against Luis Ayala (4-4). With runners at the corners and two outs, Pedroia hit a short chopper toward third that a charging Manny Machado couldn't handle. Gonzalez and Ross followed with run-scoring singles.
Before the game, talk in the Boston clubhouse centered around Ellsbury, a fixture in the Boston outfield playing DH for the first time since July 18, 2011. Manager Bobby Valentine said, "The last couple days we have been concerned about a leg situation. This is just being overcautious and aware of the situation."
Ellsbury, however, said, "My leg feels good. I played the last two nights on it."
Coming in, Orioles starter Chris Tillman had allowed 24 runs this season - 14 in the first inning. After striking out Ellsbury to begin the game, Tillman gave up a one-out double to Carl Crawford before retiring Pedroia and Gonzalez.
Baltimore went up 2-0 in the bottom half. Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy singled before Jones hit an opposite-field, two-run double inside the first base line.
Boston got a run in the second on a two-out RBI single by Scott Podsednik.
Reynolds homered on the first pitch in the Orioles' half with a drive to center. It was an uncharacteristic start for Buchholz, who didn't allow more than two runs in any of his previous five outings and had a 1.15 ERA over that span.
The Red Sox pulled even in the fifth. Crawford singled, took third on a double by Pedroia and scored on a wild pitch. Gonzalez followed with a sacrifice fly to chase Tillman, who threw 110 pitches in 4 2-3 innings.
• Boston received RHP Pedro Beato from the Mets as the player to be named in the trade Tuesday that sent C Kelly Shoppach to New York. Beato, a former first-round draft pick of the Orioles, will report to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Pedroia stretched his hitting streak to 11 games, three short of his season high.
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