Clay Buchholz Defers Praise to Offense After Fifth Straight Win The last time Clay Buchholz pitched a complete-game shutout, it was against the Orioles on Sept. 1, 2007.

Everyone remembers what happened that night.

He may not have pitched a no-hitter on Friday night in Baltimore, but Buchholz was nothing if not effective, allowing just five hits and walking one.

What is it that makes him so effective against the Birds?

“Actually, they’ve hit me hard the last couple times I’ve pitched against them,” Buchholz told Heidi Watney on Red Sox Extra Innings. “They get up there and swing, they have a good approach. I made some good pitches tonight and they hit them. I made some good pitches and they didn’t hit them. It all goes back to the offense — it seems like every time out they’re scoring runs left and right, so that’s definitely a big help.”

Buchholz had two six-pitch innings on Friday and needed just 101 total pitches to get through nine innings — certainly a departure from the tentative youngster that was demoted to the minors midway through the season just two years ago. Buchholz, however, refused to take credit for his stellar performance, instead crediting his defense.

“I was able to just keep them off the bases whenever they were threatening for a big inning, and I got a few double-play balls that helped out also,” he said.

The win was Buchholz’s fifth straight and his eighth of the season. He has also snagged nine straight road wins as he develops into one of the most consistent pitchers on Boston’s staff.

“I feel like the same guy I was last year,” he said. “I’m getting a little luck here and there, and like I said, the team’s scoring runs. It’s a lot easier to go out there and pitch when you have a five, six, seven-run lead then when it’s 0-0. The team’s doing its job right now.”