Clay Buchholz looked like the Clay Buchholz of old last night, spinning a beauty at the Blue Jays in Toronto.
He allowed just two solo home runs in eight innings of work. (I missed the end of the game, as I got caught up in all the excitement of Johan Santana's no-hitter in New York.)
Daniel Nava was among the offensive heroes for the Sox, getting four hits, three of them doubles. David Ortiz continued his torrent hitting. In the second inning, he fouled a pitch off his foot and seemed to be in some discomfort (oh no, not more foot injuries!), but concluded the at-bat by blasting his 13th home run of the year, an opposite field shot.
It was a close game, at 3-1, going to the seventh, when the Sox put it on ice. They scored four runs with two outs, on RBI hits by Nava, Adrian Gonzalez and Big Papi.
The win ties the Red Sox with the Blue Jays for fourth place, and they stand at 27-25, just three games behind first-place Tampa Bay.
The Sox continue at Rogers Centre today at 1 PM with Felix Doubront taking the mound for the Sox.