Recap - Ortiz & Buchholz help put Red Sox in the win column

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

David Ortiz drove in three runs and Clay Buchholz pitched into the eighth inning as the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 at Safeco Field.

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Making his first start since hyperextending his left knee in late May, Buchholz gave up a pair of home runs in the bottom of the second inning but settled down after that going 7.1 innings. He allowed all four runs on seven hits while striking out two. He didn't walk anyone in earning his first win since May 2. He threw 55 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

David Ortiz wasted no time getting the Red Sox on the scoreboard, slamming his 18th home run of the year in the top of the first inning with Dustin Pedroia on base. It was the 449th home run of his career, tying him with Vladimir Guerrero and Jeff Bagwell for 37th all-time. He also drove in another run with a single in the top of the third.

The Red Sox offense combined for eleven hits. Daniel Nava led the way with three; Brock Holt, Ortiz, and A.J. Pierzynski each had a pair.

Andrew Miller and Koji Uehara combined for 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. Uehara earned his 16th save of the year.

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