Recap - Another Weak Buchholz Outing In Red Sox Loss

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Jon Gray held MLB's best offense to just five hits, stopping Jackie Bradley Jr.'s consecutive game hitting streak, and Clay Buchholz's struggles continued as the Rockies beat the Red Sox 8-2 on Thursday night at Fenway Park.

Boston took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on David Ortiz's 12th home run of the year; it came with Xander Bogaerts aboard.

Buchholz (pictured) simply continues to pitch his way out of the rotation with another poor performance. He gave up six runs in 5-plus innings on seven hits. He didn't walk anyone but served up three home runs.

With Steven Wright pitching well, Joe Kelly having already turned in a strong outing, and Eduardo Rodriguez close to a return from the disabled list it simply HAS to be clear that the Red Sox need to make some kind of a move with Buchholz - find a reason to DL him, see if there's ANY trade value for him (highly doubtful), or designate him for assignment.

JBJ went 0-4 with two long fly outs and a pair of infield ground balls. Bogaerts extended his consecutive game hit streak to nineteen games.

Wade Boggs was honored prior to the game by having his number 26 retired by the team.

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