Rays - 401 000 000 - 5 6 0 Red Sox - 021 020 35x - 13 15 0The Red Sox clubbed five home runs - Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Aviles, and Cody Ross - and the pitching trio of Buchholz, Franklin Morales, and Alfredo Aceves limited the Rays to only two singles after the third inning.
David Ortiz led the offense by going 4-for-5, with 5 RBI; Ross drove in four runs, Aviles had three hits in the leadoff spot, and Kevin Youkilis singled, walked twice, and scored three times. For the second day in a row, the Boston bats exploded late in the game, turning what had been a 5-5 tie into another laugher.
Buchholz got off to a rough start, walking two batters in the first inning and surrendering a three-run homer to Luke Scott (who also doubled home a run in the third). But Buchholz settled down, retiring 13 of his last 15 batters on only 45 pitches. Morales and Aceves pitched a perfect eighth and ninth, respectively.
Lin made his major league debut in the top of the ninth, taking over for Ross in center, and watching as Aceves retired the Rays on a fly to right and two strikeouts.
Jeremy Hellickson / Clay Buchholz
Che-Hsuan Lin will be with the Red Sox for today's game. ... Gordon Edes looks at the time missed by various other players with dislocated shoulders and figures Jacoby Ellsbury will be out a minimum of six weeks.
Hellickson dominated the Yankees (8.2-3-0-4-4, 118) in his first start of the year, while Buchholz had a rough time against the Tigers (4-8-7-2-2, 78) last Sunday.
The Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays, and Yankees are in a four-way tie for first place - all at 4-3 - with the Red Sox (2-5) two games back.