“Not as sharp as his last time out,” Farrell said. “But he has such an ability to manipulate the baseball and make a pitch in key spots.”
The run came in the first inning. Curtis Granderson walked and went to third when Buchholz threw away a pickoff throw.
Granderson scored when Rodriguez grounded to shortstop. Rodriguez, who was 0 for 7 in the series and booed vociferously throughout, later left the game with a tight right calf muscle.
Buchholz threw 91 pitches, 53 for strikes. He has gone 11 innings in his two starts since returning, allowing one unearned run on five hits with five walks and nine strikeouts.
“It’s fun to play ball when everything’s going right. That’s sort of how this team’s been all year,” Buchholz said.