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Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 2-1

Game over: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1

Ramon Ramirez had a no-sweat ninth for his first save as a member of the Red Sox. Tremendous job by Clay Buchholz: 8 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts.

The Red Sox have won six of their last eight, all of the wins coming by one run. That’s grinding it out. They’re now 10-11 and can sweep the series tomorrow.

Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1

Sox got a single from Scutaro and that was it. Ramon Ramirez comes out of the bullpen to try and close the game against the bottom of the Blue Jays order.

His one and only career save came while with the Royals on Sept. 4, 2008.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1

Clay Buchholz would seem to be The Man tonight as he fans Overbay looking at a beautiful fastball on the inside corner then gets Gonzalez to fly to center. The skinny righthander has put the Sox on his shoulder. 8 innings, 7 hits, 1 run. He has thrown a career-high 117 pitches and that might be it for him, however.

Great job on a night they needed it. This is the kind of effort that sets up the rest of the road trip.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1

Buchholz got Lind to fly to right. Wells then grounded to third but Beltre had trouble getting the ball out of his mitt then threw the ball away. Wells was credited with a single and Beltre for an error allowing him to go to second.

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Buchholz needs to pick up Beltre here. Big spot for him as he goes past 110 pitches.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1

Lowell walked on four pitches to force in a run. Belte lined back to the pitcher to end the inning but the Sox lead.

Buchholz stays in for the 8th inning,

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Youkilis flew to right, moving Pedroia to third. Drew then walked to load the bases. When Terry Francona sent Mike Lowell up to pinch-hit for David Ortiz, Cito Gaston countered by calling in right-hander Kevin Gregg to pitch

Lowell is 0 for 1 against Gregg. Big spot for Mike here.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Marcum left the game after seven innings and was replaced by lefty Scott Downs. Somewhat predictably, the Red Sox have something cooking.

Pedroia — lovin’ the No. 2 spot — singled and went to second when Martinez rifled a single into right field. Now Youkilis has a chance to give the Sox their first lead of t6he game.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Buchholz worked around a one-out walk to keep the game tied.

If I asked you before the game to name the optimal performance from Buchholz, going seven innings and allowing one run on a night the bullpen is worn out is about as good as anybody could have reasonably expected. This is why Buchholz is staying in the rotation.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

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Drew, who is starting to swing the bat better, doubled to left to start the inning. Ortiz flew to center before Beltre drew a four-pitch walk. But Hermida struck out swinging before McDonald popped up. The only good news is that Marcum is over 100 pitches now (104 to be exact) and may not be long for this game.

Sox are 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Six innings in one hour and 41 minutes. That’s impressive.

Buchholz so far: 6 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 82 pitches

Marcum so far: 3 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 83 pitches.

One of these guys will hang a curve at the wrong time and the ball will land over the fence. It’s coming.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

The Sox went in order again. They have had two base-runners over the last four innings and Marcum has retired the last eight batters he has faced. Youkilis fanned looking to end the inning and stayed at the plate jawing with Fieldin Culbreth long enough for Tim Bogar and Terry Francona to have to come break it up.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Buchholz had the same inning he had in the fourth: Two singles with two outs then a fly ball to right field. He is motoring right along, having scattered six hits over five innings.

A little prospect news for you. Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Red Sox
signed speedy 17-year-old Dominican OF Roberto Rosario for $150,000.

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Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

The Sox went in order, three grounders. At this point last night I think we were in the second inning.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Gonzalez and Bautista had two-out singles but Buchholz got Buck to fly to right field to end the inning. Buchholz has thrown an economical 51 pitches through four innings

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Drew walked but Ortiz grounded into a shift-induced 6-5-3 double play. Here’s a question for you: Why move the third baseman to shortstop in the shift? Why not have the shortstop stay where’s supposed to be, have the second baseman stay in his position and have the third baseman go into short right field. That way instead of three guys out of position, you have one. Just an idea.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Buchholz has retired seven straight Jays and has settled in well. Both he and Marcum have excellent curveballs.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Pedroia reached on a one-out infield single. But Martinez flew to left and Youkilis grounded out.

There are 31 sections of seats that are completely empty, by the way.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Buchholz retired the side in order. He’s at 35 pitches.

Meanwhile, the crowd is so small you can hear different conversations in the crowd below. It’s not exactly The Charlie Rose Show. Seems that the Red Sox suck and Dustin Pedroia is short.

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Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 1

Ortiz drew a walk after Youkilis and Drew struck out. Beltre dropped a single into center before Hermida lined an RBI single to left on a 2-2 pitch. Ortiz rumbled in and we’re all tied up.

Hermida leads the team with nine two-out RBI. Beltre and Pedroia are next with six each.

Top of the 2nd: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0

Buchholz had a chance to get out of the inning clean but could not. With Lewis on second and two outs, he got ahead of Wells 0-2. But the revitalized center fielder fouled off two pitches then pulled a double down the third-base line. Wells now has 14 RBI.

Buchholz then walked Overbay before getting Gonzalez to ground into a force. On a night when they need him to go deep into the game, a 22-pitch first inning is not ideal.

In other news, Texas called up C/1B/DH Max Ramirez today. He’s the prospect the Rangers planned to trade for Mike Lowell in December.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0

The Sox went in order. It’s Twitter Tuesday according to the scoreboard here. Not sure what that means.

But if you’re on Twitter, you can follow me at PeteAbe. Amalie Benjamin is at AmalieBenjamin.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0

The Jays are on the field and we’re ready to get going. The dome is closed and there may be fewer people here than there were last night. The crowd was announced at 13,847, the fewest at a Sox game since May 20, 2004 when 12,401 showed up in Tampa.

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