Okay...so it wasn't exactly an offensive juggernaut he was facing Tuesday night.
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The fact remains that Clay Buchholz provided the Red Sox with another strong starting performance in Boston's 5-1 win over the Padres at Petco Park.
Back in the rotation due to a lingering injury to Steven Wright, Buchholz (pictured) scattered eight hits and struck out six over 6.2 innings. More importantly, he didn't walk a batter. His ERA dropped to 4.99, the lowest it's been all season.
The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on back-to-back home runs by Jackie Bradley Jr. (a two-run shot) and Chris Young.
After the Padres scored in the bottom of the inning on a Ryan Schimpf home run, Boston answered by with two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Hanley Ramirez and a run-scoring ground out by Young.
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