Recap - Clay Buchholz delivers July 4 sparkler for Red Sox

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Remember when he was announced as the Opening Day starting pitcher and we all moaned?

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Clay Buchholz may have finally arrived.

Coming off a frustrating loss to the Astros the night before, Buchholz gave the Red Sox their first complete game of the season as he dominated Houston in a 6-1 Fourth of July win Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Buchholz has now won his last four starts, allowing no more than one earned run over 7-plus innings in each of those games. The last time a Red Sox pitcher accomplished that? You have to go back to Pedro Martinez and Tim Wakefield in 2002. Buchholz's ERA in those four starts is a miniscule 0.87.

Catcher Sandy Leon led the Red Sox with three hits; he also scored two runs in the win.

Mookie Betts drove in three runs and had a pair of hits. Shane Victorino returned to the lineup and had an immediate effect with two hits and a pair of runs scored.

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