Recap - Buchholz, Red Sox Slammed In Loss

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Colby Rasmus's grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning of Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz snapped a 1-1 tie and helped send Boston to an 8-3 loss to the Astros in Houston.

David Ortiz had given the Red Sox a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the top of the first inning; the Astros tied the game on an RBI ground out by Jason Castro an inning later.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
Buchholz (pictured) came unglued in the bottom of the fifth. He walked the leadoff hitter on a 3-2 pitch, then gave up a two-out single, hit a batter to load the bases and served up a 2-2 cookie to Rasmus which ended up in the right centerfield stands.

Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz each had two hits for the Red Sox. Roenis Elias made his major league debut with 1.2 innings of relief.

Buchholz went 5.2 innings as his record dropped to 0-2. He was charged with five runs (all earned) on six hits and a walk. He struck out six.

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