Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 10/30/14

Just like Ben Cherington drew it up in the offseason, RBIs from Kelly Shoppach and Mike Aviles led to Boston's only offense in a pitcher's duel in Arlington.

Clay Buchholz threw yet another strong start. He stifled the Rangers' offense to four hits over seven innings. He did give up one run, and had some command issues, allowing three walks. He also didn't dominate the strike zone, as he only struck out one batter. 

It was a good thing he found a way to be effective because the Sox got very little offense going. They collected six hits in all, four of which were from the bottom half of the order.

Bobby V's lineup wizardry -- placing Pedro Ciriaco, as the DH, 2nd, while demoting Carl Crawford to 7th -- proved worthless, as the two went a combined 0-for-7.

Also notables from the game: Buchholz picked off Ian Kinsler in the first and Kinsler was promptly ejected for no obvious reason. Must have said something the ump didn't like. Meanwhile, Vicente Padilla beaned Adrian Beltre in the head on an 0-2 count. Not a normal count to hit someone on (especially in a close game), but there are well-documented issues between Padilla and his former club. Something to keep an eye out for comment in the papers tomorrow.

And just like that we're back to .500! Quick, trade the prospects and let's make a run!

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