Dunedin, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Clay Buchholz tossed four scoreless innings while Corey Brown hit an RBI double to carry the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
After pitching three no-hit innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Buchholz (2-1) allowed just two hits with three strikeouts to get the victory as the defending World Series champion Red Sox improved to 7-8.
The 29-year-old has allowed just one run, five hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts in his eight innings of work this spring. He appears to be rounding into form with just over two weeks remaining until the start of the regular season.
Buchholz was matched almost pitch for pitch by Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison on a day when there wasn’t a lot of offense.
The 23-year-old was consistently hitting 92-93 miles per hour early in his outing, and by the time Hutchison departed in the fifth, he was sitting around 95 mph.
Hutchison began his outing with four scoreless innings but allowed a leadoff single to Jonny Gomes and then served up an RBI double to Brown as the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fifth.
However, Hutchison quickly bounced back, striking out both Ryan Lavarnway and Brock Holt to end the threat. Hutchison allowed just the one run on four hits while recording seven strikeouts.
Boston then added another pair of runs in the eighth inning when Brandon Snyder hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center and Sean Coyle added a run-scoring double for a 3-0 lead.
Kevin Pillar finally broke the shutout with an RBI double to right field.
Lefty ace Jon Lester will make his second Grapefruit League appearance for the Red Sox as they welcome the Phillies to JetBlue Park Saturday.