Clay Buchholz Pitches Red Sox to Another Interleague Win

Clay Buchholz Pitches Red Sox to Another Interleague Win BOSTON — David Ortiz’s
first-inning homer helped the Red Sox open a big early lead and gave the
Boston fans a chance to watch the Celtics in the NBA finals.

Clay Buchholz didn’t mind it, either.

“That’s big, going out to a three- or four-run cushion,” the Red Sox right-hander said Tuesday night after
pitching Boston to a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“He’s a key to the success of this
team. Whenever that guy’s hitting, it’s just a different lineup.”

Buchholz (9-4) allowed three runs on
seven hits and a walk, striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings for his sixth
win in seven starts. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth to earn his
14th save and send the Diamondbacks to their 11th straight road loss.

Ian Kennedy (3-4) gave up six runs on
nine hits and a walk, striking out six in six innings while also
throwing two wild pitches and hitting a batter. He is 0-3 with two
no-decisions since May 19.

“I don’t know if he was pitching away
from the Monster or if he was trying to be fine when he was going away
from these guys,” Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said. “When they get
their arms extended, it’s pretty lethal.”

Dustin Pedroia, who batted .213 in
May, had a pair of hits and scored three runs. He is batting .310 in
June, with multiple hits in four of his last five games.

“That’s the last guy I worry about,”
Ortiz said.

Pedroia was hit by a pitch in the
first inning, and Ortiz followed with his first homer since June 2 — his
13th of the season. In the third, Pedroia doubled in a run, Daniel Nava
scored on a wild pitch and then Pedroia scored to make it 5-1 on an
infield single by Victor Martinez that resulted in a close play for
first base umpire Jim Joyce.

Replays showed he was right.

The Fenway Park crowd began a “Beat
L.A.!” chant right around tip-off time for Game 6 of the NBA finals
between the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. It was 6-3 in the fifth when
empty seats began appearing, and most of those in the luxury seats
cleared out as fans left or went inside to watch TV.

It also helped calm down Buchholz.

“It’s a good way to play,” Red Sox
manager Terry Francona said. “When your pitching’s holding them down,
every time you score after that (helps).”

Arizona scored two in the fourth to
make it 6-3 when Miguel Montero doubled and took third on Chris Young’s
single. Young stole second, and they both scored on Justin Upton’s
double.

But Pedroia singled to lead off the
bottom of the fifth, moved up on a groundout and scored on Kevin
Youkilis’
double.

“After the fourth, we didn’t do much
after that,” Hinch said. “(Buchholz) settled in and made pitches. He
lasted long enough to hand the ball to their bullpen and they completely
shut us down.”

Youkilis let Montero’s first-inning
grounder go through his legs at first base — his first error of the
season and first at first base since April 8 of last year.

But he also made two nice plays to
field grounders to his right in the second inning, tossing to Buchholz
at the bag for a 3-1 putout reminiscent of Joyce’s blown call that cost
Detroit’s Armando Galarraga a perfect game. Neither one was as close as
Martinez’s infield hit on a grounder to shortstop in the third inning.

NOTES: The Diamondbacks traded OF
Conor Jackson
to Oakland for minor league closer Sam Demel. Demel will
report to the team in Boston on Wednesday, and the team will need to
make another roster move then. … Red Sox SS Marco Scutaro received a
cortisone injection in the side of his neck on Monday to ease pains in
his neck as well as elbow trouble. Scutaro wanted to play on Tuesday,
but the Red Sox gave him another day to rest. … Martinez, a native of
Venezuela, was watching the Brazil World Cup match before the game,
wearing a team shirt and colorful hat. … Brothers J.D. and Stephen
Drew
faced each other for the 16th time.

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