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Red Sox Hang on for 7-6 Win, Sweep Twins – Fenway Park 4/26/12

It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win, as the Red Sox hung on for a 7-6 win and a sweep of the Twins in Minneapolis.  Clay Buchholz notched win number 2, but he needed some help in the 6th as he ran out of juice.  Buchholz cruised through 5 innings of 1-run ball, but almost gave away the Red Sox whole 7-1 lead heading into the inning.  After giving up a run on a hit by Denard Span, Buchholz walked Jamey Carroll to load the bases.  Bobby V went with Scott Atchison who promptly served up a 2-run single to Joe Mauer.  Justin Thomas immediately relieved Atchison and he quickly gave up a double to Justin Mourneau and plunked C Parmelle.  At that point, Bobby V was about to explode.  Matt Albers kept the trend going by allowing a hit to Trevor Plouffe but he induced the inning-ending double-play to preserve the precarious 1 run lead.

Buchholz’s line looked awful again – 5 1/3 innings, 5 ER on 10 hits and 3 walks.  An atrocious 1.93 WHIP and 8.87 ERA.  Shockingly, he is still 2-1.

The rest of the bullpen actually did its job.  Vincente Padilla, Franklin Morales and Alfredo Aceves each tossed scoreless inning, although Aceves made it interesting by loading the bases with a hit, walk and HBP.  Nice.  He has 4 saves despite his 2.60 WHIP and 14.40 ERA.

Luckily, the Red Sox bats have been consistently amazing.  10 more hits, 7 more runs.  A 3-run homer from Mike Aviles who keeps showing some pop in that bat and 3 more hits for Dustin Pedroia who is tearing it up.  David Ortiz snapped a 6-game hitting streak with his 0 for 3 night.

Next up is a 4-game trip to the Windy City to take on the White Sox on the south side.  They’ll be the 1st team to face Phil Humber since he became the 21st major league pitcher to throw a perfect game when the White Sox beat the Mariners 4-0 last Saturday.  Felix Doubront goes for the Sox – he has not earned a decision in 3 starts this season.

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