Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/19/14

The Sox rotation may be nothing but a group of disappointment but there's one pitcher who's been coming on real strong as the season continues: Clay Buchholz. Buchholz goes eight innings, allowing just three runs & struck out seven in a 6-3 win over Baltimore.

Things didn't look so good in the beginning. Buchholz started the game giving up back to back singles to Nick Markakis & JJ Hardy, both of whom would score on an Adam Jones double to give the O's a 2-0 lead. After a RBI single by Scott Podsenik for the Sox, Buchholz would start the second by giving up a meatball to Mark Reynolds to make it 3-1.

It could've been a lot worse if it as Manny Machado hit a double & Omar Quintanilla walked but Markakis bunted into a double play and Cody Ross threw out Quintanilla at home

But then the offense picked it up a bit in the fifth. Being incredibly patient early against Chris Tillman and it paid off as he gave up a single to Carl Crawford and a double to Dustin Pedroia before unravelling against Adrian Gonzalez by throwing a wild pitch and then a sac fly to tie the game at 3 apiece. Tillman wouldn't make it out of the inning, after throwing 110 pitches in 4 2/3 inning. 

The Sox would have their way with Luis Ayala in the sixth as Podsenik would hit a double, Jacoby Ellsbury would draw a walk but Crawford would hit into a fielder's choice but made up for immediately by stealing second. Pedroia would make it 4-3 by an infield single, and then Gonzalez & Cody Ross would hit back to back RBI singles to make it 6-3. The 2-5 hitters would finish with nine of the team's 13 hits tonight.

Buchholz would settle in and put his stamp on the game in the sixth by striking out the side in nine pitches. That's right nine pitches. Sure, some pitches were fouled off but that's as dominant as you can get in one inning. After that, the O's only managed to get on base twice for the rest of the game as Alfredo Aceves struck out the side in the ninth to wrap it up and give a little positivity for a team that is surrounded in negativity.

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