Following a pair of eventful victories, the Red Sox try to make it three in a row over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday morning at Fenway Park.
Buchholz, who threw a no-hitter in his second career start in 2007, didn't allow a hit Sunday until Kelly Johnson 's broken-bat single leading off the eighth inning of Boston's 5-0 win over the Rays.
A day earlier, Shane Victorino supplied the heroics with the game-winning RBI single in a 2-1, 10-inning victory.
Now the Red Sox (7-4) send Dempster to the mound as they hope to win all three in this shortened series following Friday's rainout. Dempster (0-1, 3.60 ERA) has allowed three runs in five innings in each of his two starts - both losses.
The veteran right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in his last five against the Rays, but only one of those starts has come since 2003 - back in 2008. He's made things tough on James Loney (2 for 16), Kelly Johnson (1 for 11) and Yunel Escobar (1 for 9).
Boston appeared to be on the verge of winning Dempster's last start against Baltimore on Wednesday, up 5-3 the ninth, but closer Joel Hanrahan surrendered five runs in an 8-5 loss.
Hanrahan has allowed six runs, five hits, four walks and three homers in his last three appearances and won't be around for this contest. Hanrahan, obtained from Pittsburgh in the offseason, is expected to miss a few days with a sore right hamstring. Andrew Bailey figures to handle the duties in the ninth in the interim.
"We've got to let this settle down first before we get him back into game availability," manager John Farrell said.
Farrell's club has allowed just one run and nine hits over 19 innings in this series. The Rays (4-7) have struggled offensively most of the season, pushing across eight runs with no homers and a .160 batting average while dropping five of their last six games."We've got to hit the ball better to get everybody's spirits up," Tampa Bay Joe Maddon said. "When you're not hitting the ball well, you get that bad vibe among the group. It's hard to really keep them pushing, moving or motivated. But we'll get going. We're just not hitting the ball."
The Rays will try to get something going for Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 6.35), who gave up three runs and five hits in five innings in last Monday's 5-4 loss at Texas.
Hellickson, though, may have better results at Fenway Park, where the Rays have won four of his five career starts despite a 4.97 ERA
Dustin Pedroia , 5 for 22 lifetime against the right-hander, broke out a 1-for-10 slump over his previous three games by going 3 for 4 on Sunday.
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|March 31, 2013||Juan Carlos Oviedo||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|March 28, 2013||Jeff Niemann||15-Day DL||Right shoulder surgery - out for season|
|March 24, 2013||Luke Scott||15-Day DL||Strained right calf|
|Boston Red Sox|
|April 07, 2013||John Lackey||15-Day DL||Right biceps strain|
|April 06, 2013||John Lackey||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right biceps strain|
|March 27, 2013||Stephen Drew||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|March 27, 2013||Stephen Drew||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|March 22, 2013||Franklin Morales||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|March 22, 2013||Craig Breslow||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox and Rays were making their ways out of Fenway Park when two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were heard at the stadium.
The Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 on an RBI double by Mike Napoli in the ninth inning on Monday in Boston's traditional Patriots' Day morning game.
The game began at 11:05 a.m. and ended at about 10 minutes after 2 p.m. A little less than an hour after that, about a mile away, the explosions from Copley Square could be heard by those in and around Fenway - but not in the clubhouses where the teams were getting ready to leave.
The players seemed unaware of the explosions as they were interviewed by reporters. In the Red Sox room, they dressed in suits and ties for their trip to Cleveland, where they're scheduled to start a three-game series against the Indians on Tuesday night.
A team spokesman sent a text message saying the team had reached the airport. And Tampa Bay manager tweeted a few hours after the game: "Just landed safely in Baltimore. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims & the families affected by this afternoon's horrible event."
The game sent the Red Sox fans home happy - at least for a while.
With the scored tied at 2, Napoli drove a line-drive double off the left-field wall in the ninth inning that scored Dustin Pedroia from first with eh winning run.
"I was a little out front but I was able to keep my hands back," Napoli said. "My body went a little forward (and) I just kind of flicked my wrist at it."
Jarrod Saltalamacchia , whose solo homer in the fifth had given Boston a 2-1 lead, had a good view from the on-deck circle.
"It was awesome, a strong man to be able to hit a ball one handed out in front like that and just hit it off the top of the wall," he said, "but it's huge, a guy with that much power, it's a threat and it's nice to have that in our lineup."
Napoli, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, has been batting fourth while designated hitter David Ortiz recovers from Achilles' tendon soreness. He is on a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket and could return shortly.
Left fielder Matt Joyce had a tough time handling the bounce off the Green Monster.
"I thought the ball would be off the wall so I tried to take the best angle to it," Joyce said. "It was one of those things where you rush and can't get it out of your glove. Then, when that tends to happen, you try to force the issue and the ball goes a little high."
The Rays had two hits before finally showing some offensive punch in the ninth when Desmond Jennings led off with a single, stole second and scored the tying run on a single by Ben Zobrist off Andrew Bailey (1-0).
Joel Peralta (0-1) retired Boston's first batter in the bottom of the ninth before walking Pedroia. Napoli then ended it.
The Red Sox had lost all three of their previous Patriots' Day games against Tampa Bay.
"Hopefully they'll invite us back next year and we can get back on a streak," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
It was also Jackie Robinson Day around the majors.
All uniformed team personnel wore the number 42 on their uniforms in recognition of Robinson, marking the 66th anniversary of his breaking the Major League Baseball color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
NOTES: Hellickson had been 2-0 in four starts at Fenway Park. ... Boston rookie LF Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitless in his last 20 at bats after going 0-for-3. ... The National Anthem was sung by the Berea Seventh Day Adventist Church Choir from Boston. Among the singers was 14-year-old Gabriel Clarke, who was shot in January on his way to choir practice. ... The Red Sox start a three-game road series against the Indians and manager Terry Francona , Boston's former manager. Felix Doubront (0-0) pitches for Boston against Ubaldo Jiminez (0-1). ... The Rays send Roberto Hernandez (0-2) to the mound for the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore with Jake Arrieta (0-0) pitching for the Orioles.