The young Red Sox hurler threw eight innings of five-hit, two-run ball on Wednesday night — against the Twins, no less, whose bats are never easy to silence — en route to his fifth win of the season. The Red Sox have won 14 of his last 18 starts.
After a shaky first inning, everything fell into place for Buchholz.
“It started off a little sluggish, [and I wasn’t] commanding really well, but it all fell into place in the third inning,” he told NESN’s Heidi Watney on Wednesday’s edition of Red Sox Extra Innings. “Fortunately, I made some good pitches and the defense backed me up.”
And Buchholz backed up the bullpen, giving it a much-needed rest after too many long-relief efforts in the last four days.
“It’s always good to help your team,” Buchholz said. “Every starting pitcher goes out there every night to go deep into ballgames, help his bullpen out, help the team win, and it doesn’t always work out. [On Wednesday], like I said, I was fortunate and it worked out.
“Every time I go out, it seems like we score runs, and it’s a good combination to have.”
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