Red Sox - 202 010 000 - 5 11 0 Mariners - 030 000 010 - 4 8 0Clay Buchholz (7.1-7-4-0-2, 76) had a strong return to the rotation, David Ortiz (2-for-4) drove in three runs, and Koji Uehara, despite putting two men on in the ninth, preserved the lead.
Buchholz had a rough patch to begin the second inning - allowing a single and two home runs - but otherwise kept the hot Seattle bats in check. He threw only 76 pitches, working into the eighth inning. Uehara allowed a single and a walk with one down in the ninth, but then got a strikeout and a grounder to first.
With two outs in the first, Dustin Pedroia singled and Ortiz homered to right. Boston collected four hits in the third, including RBI-singles from Daniel Nava (3-for-4) and Ortiz. Another run scored when Ortiz grounded into a double play, but he did not receive an RBI on that play.
Holt, 1BChris Capuano was designated for assignment to make room for Clay Buchholz.
Buchholz returns to the starting rotation after a stint on the disabled list due to a hyperextended knee. His ERA for the season is 7.02 ERA in 10 starts; over his last four outings, it's 9.50.
Black Hole In The Lineup Du Jour: Catcher. A.J. Pierzynski has a .280 on-base percentage for the season. He's hitting .148/.182/.197 in June. On the Red Sox's current road trip, Pierzynski has seen only 44 pitches in 20 plate appearances (1-for-18). ... David Ross is at .174/.237/.337. ... Could Christian Vazquez - .267/.322/.367 at Pawtucket - do any worse?