Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

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.

The Red Sox bullpen - Matt Barnes, Fernando Abad, and Joe Kelly - allowed just one hit and no walks over the final 2.1 innings.

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Jim Monaghan 9/07/2016 09:14:00 AM Edit
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