'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,
hit a two-run homer and the
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
4-1 on Friday night.
''(Buchholz) was awesome,'' teammate
said. ''He threw every pitch in any count. You could tell he was frustrating those guys.''
added a two-run double as Boston opened the second half by winning its fourth straight.
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.
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
and a walk to
put runners at first and second.
came on and struck out
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,
worked the eighth and
finished for his 24th save in 26 chances.
(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,''
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
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.
are expected to activate SS
(wrist) before their game against Toronto on Saturday. ... Boston activated 3B
(hip) off the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game and designated SS
for assignment. 1B
was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Buchholz. ... OF
(illness) was scratched from Boston's lineup and replaced by
. ... The
were without OF
(stomach virus). ... Overbay had three of Toronto's five hits. ...
, who has won just once in six starts, will pitch out of the bullpen for now as the
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.