Buchholz Shines as Sox Beat the Twins

BOSTON (AP) – Clay Buchholz gave Boston's struggling rotation

another lift and David Ortiz hit a two-run homer as the Red Sox

beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on a rainy Wednesday night.

Buchholz (5-3) allowed both runs on five hits in eight-plus

innings five days after giving up just one run on three hits in 6

1-3 innings in a 7-2 win at Detroit. In between, four other Boston

starters allowed at least four runs in their outings.

Buchholz struck out seven, walked one and faced only four

batters over the minimum. He was helped by double plays in the

first and seventh and his pickoff of Nick Punto, who had walked

with two outs in the third.