Recap - Welcome back, Clay!

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Clay Buchholz made his first start in 93 days count as the Red Sox beat Tampa 2-0 in the opening game of their three-game series with the Rays at Tropicana Field. Buchholz went five innings striking out six while allowing only three hits and one walk. He threw forty four of his seventy four pitches for strikes and pretty much matched Rays ace David Price inning for inning.

Let's take a moment to go back to this twitter exchange from earlier in the season.

In case the Rays are curious, they're now 8.5 games out of first place in the American League East.

Most nights, what Price gave the Rays was good enough to put a "W" up for Tampa. He went eight innings and allowed just three hits and no walks. Boston touched him for a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI double by Mike Napoli, followed three batters later by a sacrifice fly by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Koji Uehara came on in the bottom of the eighth to record a four-out save. He's now thrown thirty one consecutive scoreless innings with an ERA of 1.10; he is as close to an absolute lock as there is now in Major League Baseball.

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