They each seek another strong outing as Boston looks to end an eight-game losing streak to the visiting Los Angeles Angels in a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
Doubront (4-2, 4.88 ERA) had his best start of the season last Saturday, allowing one run and striking out six in six innings of an 11-1 win over the New York Yankees , beginning a stretch of four victories in five tries for the Red Sox (37-24).
Buchholz (8-0, 1.62) followed the next day with a gem of his own, holding New York to two hits in a 3-0 victory that was cut short after 5 1/2 innings due to rain.
Weather also played a factor Friday as the opener of this three-game series was postponed.
Boston has outscored opponents 39-12 while posting a 2.63 ERA to start the month after David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give it a 6-3 win over Texas on Thursday.
Jacoby Ellsbury , who returned from a five-game absence due to a groin injury, and Jonny Gomes each went 4 for 5. Dustin Pedroia , intentionally walked in front of Ortiz in the ninth, drove in two runs.
"I think it was a good move. I don't think there was anything wrong with that," Ortiz said of the walk to Pedroia. "It's part of the game. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't."
Doubront, who will start the first game, has been very good over his last four outings, going 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA. However, he's not concerned with those statistics.
"Forget about the numbers. Every successful outing that I have the numbers are going to get better," Doubront told the team's official website.
Manager John Farrell has been impressed with how the left-hander has come on lately.
"He's making steady progress each time he walks to the mound," Farrell said. "(Saturday) was another step."
Buchholz, meanwhile, has just been steady. The right-hander has allowed more than two runs once in 11 starts, with Boston going 10-1.
"I've felt really good up to this point," Buchholz said. "I'm just trying to ride the wave."
Buchholz is 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA in nine starts versus Los Angeles. Albert Pujols is 4 for 6 with a homer and a double in their matchups.
Doubront will be making his first start against the Angels, who have outscored the Red Sox 63-32 during their win streak in the series.
Los Angeles (26-34), though, has been a disappointment this season and has dropped five of six after falling 8-6 in 10 innings to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
Howie Kendrick went 7 for 8 in the two-game series, including a two-run homer in the finale.
"It was one of those rare games the last three weeks where the pitching didn't get it done," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Offensively we did enough to win a game, but we're still not firing on all cylinders."
The Angels had a 2.66 ERA over their previous eight games, and Tommy Hanson will look to provide another solid effort in the opener against a Red Sox team hitting .360 in June.
Hanson (2-2, 4.19) will be making his second start since coming off the bereavement list due to the death of his stepbrother. He gave up five runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to Houston last Friday but said being on the mound was a big step.
"It was good to get back out there and pitch again," Hanson said. "I was excited to go out and pitch. Not exactly the performance I would've liked to put out there, but it's good to get that one over with."
The right-hander beat the Red Sox the only time he faced them, giving up two hits in six scoreless innings of a 2-1 win while with Atlanta on June 28, 2009.
C.J. Wilson (4-4, 3.93) will get the ball for Los Angeles in the nightcap. The left-hander suffered his fourth loss in five decisions Sunday despite a quality start, giving up three runs and striking out nine over 7 1-3 innings of a 5-4 loss to the Astros.
That outing came after he allowed season highs of six earned runs and nine hits in a season-low 4 2-3 innings while not receiving a decision in an 8-7 loss to the Dodgers on May 27.
"It was a really unfortunate game because we need to win," Wilson told the team's official website Sunday. "We need to beat everybody, especially teams in our division. When you lose a one-run game, it's frustrating."
Wilson hasn't been frustrated too much when he's started against Boston, going 5-0 with a 2.64 ERA in seven outings. Pedroia, though, is 7 for 15 with a homer and two doubles when facing him, while Ortiz is 1 for 13 with five strikeouts.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|June 02, 2013||Garrett Richards||Day-to-Day||Left game - Ankle injury|
|May 28, 2013||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|May 27, 2013||Sean Burnett||15-Day DL||Left elbow inflammation|
|May 26, 2013||Sean Burnett||Day-to-Day||Left game - Forearm tightness|
|May 21, 2013||Erick Aybar||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee soreness|
|April 30, 2013||Peter Bourjos||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|Boston Red Sox|
|May 31, 2013||Jacoby Ellsbury||Day-to-Day||Tight left groin|
|May 26, 2013||Clay Buchholz||Day-to-Day||Right collarbone pain|
|May 24, 2013||Will Middlebrooks||15-Day DL||Low back strain|
|May 23, 2013||Will Middlebrooks||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower back spasms|
|May 21, 2013||Shane Victorino||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|May 20, 2013||Shane Victorino||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring tightness|
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston ace Clay Buchholz could easily joke about his fielding night with the start he's off to this season.
David Ortiz rebounded from a rough first game with a long two-run homer and drove in three runs to help Buchholz improve to 9-0, earning the Red Sox a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
Buchholz gave up two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one over 6 2-3 innings to match Arizona's Patrick Corbin (9-0) as the majors' only unbeaten pitcher with at least nine wins, but he left in the seventh with what the team called "neck tightness."
It was quite a fielding night for Boston's ace.
Howie Kendrick hit a hard grounder off Buchholz's glove in the sixth. It bounced behind the mound and he dropped his glove and raced toward the ball, but Kendrick beat it out.
"I think that ball knocked my glove off," he said, adding that when he spun and threw to first he irritated his neck. "It was a little nagging for a couple of innings, right after that ball hit off my glove and I threw to first, it bothered me."
Buchholz had another adventure fielding a grounder. In the fourth, Alberto Callaspo hit a high chop toward first, the pitcher got under it, but misplayed it before grabbing it and, while lying on the ground, reached to tag Callaspo before he reached the bag.
"I told Salty (catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia ) it was the most un-athletic, athletic play I've ever made," he said.
Boston manager John Farrell didn't think the neck problem was anything serious. Buchholz didn't either.
Buchholz missed a start last month with an irritation in his collarbone area.
The victory snapped Boston's nine-game losing streak against Los Angeles.
"We played a good game the first game and this game we didn't do what we needed to do," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't know about feeling satisfied. You want to pour your heart into every game and when you don't win, you're disappointed."
Ortiz went 0 for 5, struck out twice and stranded six runners in the Red Sox' 9-5 loss in the opener.
In the first game, Mark Trumbo and Erick Aybar each drove in two runs as the Angels beat the Red Sox for their team-record sixth straight win at Fenway Park.
With Boston leading the nightcap 4-2 in the sixth, Dustin Pedroia had an RBI single off reliever Jerome Williams before Ortiz hit a deep homer into the right-field seats, about 20 rows up into the corner. He stood and admired the ball's flight before slowly rounding the bases.
The Red Sox jumped ahead 2-0 against C.J. Wilson (4-5) with two runs in the first on consecutive RBI doubles by Jonny Gomes and Pedroia. Ortiz's RBI double made it 3-0 in the second.
After Mike Trout 's run-scoring single cut it to 3-1, Boston added an unearned run in the fifth on David Ross ' RBI single after Mike Napoli reached on an infield hit and advanced on the same play when third baseman Callaspo bounced the throw past first for an error.
Wilson gave up four runs - three earned - on eight hits, walking three and striking out five in five innings.
In the opener, Tommy Hanson (3-2) allowed two runs in five innings for the win, striking out Ortiz twice and getting him to ground out weakly with two runners on in all three at-bats.
"The first at-bat he didn't look very good on the breaking ball. I felt like I threw him a really good one," Hanson said. "Same with the second at-bat. That third time around with the tying run on third, I'd rather face Ortiz in that situation than Pedroia, who hit two line drives on me. I threw him a first-pitch slider and he grounded out, which worked out for me."
The Angels built a big lead when reliever Franklin Morales walked three straight batters and allowed four runs in the seventh inning, making it 7-2.
"I felt like it was an opportunity to get him some work in advance of a potential spot start next week," Farrell said. "Then, obviously, we saw what happened in the seventh inning - lost the strike zone as we got deeper into (the inning) and that ended up being the difference in today's game."
Trout added a pair of doubles high off the Green Monster and collected three hits for the Angels.
The Angels went 6-0 overall against the Red Sox last season. Los Angeles won its ninth consecutive game against Boston in the clubs' first meeting this year.
The game was a makeup from Friday night's rainout.
Mike Carp had a solo homer, three hits and drove in two runs for Boston. Daniel Nava added three hits.
Felix Doubront (4-3) gave up three runs and six hits over six innings.
The Red Sox stranded eight runners in the first four innings- two in each - and 14 overall. Boston made it closer by scoring three runs with two outs in the ninth.
Ernesto Frieri struck out Jacoby Ellsbury with runners on first and third for his 14th save.
Los Angeles held a 3-2 lead until Morales' wildness in the seventh. Trumbo had an RBI double before the left-hander threw nine consecutive balls to end his appearance and force home the final two runs. Clayton Mortensen relieved and allowed Aybar's infield hit that made it 7-2 before J.B. Shuck hit a flyball for his second out of the inning to end it.
NOTES: Boston OF Shane Victorino was activated from the 15-day DL before Game 2. He's been out since May 21 with a strained left hamstring. Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Los Angeles recalled OF Brad Hawpe from Triple-A Salt Lake before Saturday's first game. He played in the second and went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, also missing a fly ball for an error. ... The Angels previously had won five straight in Fenway in 2008 and 1974. ... Pedroia and teammate Jose Iglesias each hit safely in both games and extended their hitting streaks to 12. ... Angels LHP Sean Burnett , on the 15-day DL with an elbow impingement, is expected to start throwing off a mound in the next few days. ... Los Angeles lost 17 of 19 against Boston before the winning streak.