Brock Holt's five hits backed Clay Buchholz's three-hit, complete game performance as the Red Sox closed out the unofficial first half of the 2014 season with an 11-0 win over the Astros in Houston on Sunday.
The eleven runs scored is a season-high for the Red Sox who head into the All-Star break 43-52 (.453) with four wins in their last five games.
Buchholz was simply brilliant in improving his record to 4-5. He struck out twelve while holding Houston to just three hits and not walking a batter. He threw 76 of his 109 pitches for strikes and had manager John Farrell raving after the game saying, "Today was reminscent of the first half of last year." The best sign of the game - and yes, we know it was against the 40-56 Astros - was how well Buchholz's off-speed pitches were working.
Buchholz will open the second half of the season for Boston when the Red Sox host the Kansas City Royals Friday night at Fenway Park.
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