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Clay Buchholz somehow managed to ignore all those homers the Red Sox were hitting over the Green Monster.
Staked to an 8-0 lead before he allowed his first baserunner, Buchholz pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to take advantage of Boston's season-high six homers and beat Baltimore 10-0 on Tuesday night.
"I try to keep (the score) out of my mind as much as possible," said Buchholz, who was handed a seven-run lead against the Orioles last month and didn't make it out of the fifth inning.
"The last start I had against these guys, we scored a few runs in the first and second and then I went out there and let the game blow up and let them back in the game. I try to stay as if the game was still tied. ...
I think that kept my pitches a little bit more crisp."
Buchholz retired the first 10 batters in order before Felix Pie walked with one out in the fourth. Nick Markakis singled up the middle for the first hit off Buchholz, but there was little more the Orioles could manage against the right-hander who two Septembers ago no-hit them - also winning 10-0 - in his second major league start.
"He probably looked like a combination of Don Drysdale, Warren Spahn and Sandy Koufax when he got an 8-0 lead," said Orioles manager Dave Trembley, whose team clinched a 12th consecutive losing season. "He kept pitching."
Dustin Pedroia had his first regular-season two-homer game, and David Ortiz hit his record-tying 269th homer as a designated hitter to help Boston improve to 12-2 against Baltimore this year. Kevin Youkilis, J.D. Drew and Alex Gonzalez also homered for the Red Sox, whose first five hits were homers.
Ortiz homered in the seventh inning to tie Frank Thomas for the most all-time by a DH.
Buchholz struck out five and walked one to improve to 4-0 over his last five starts. Michael Bowden got the last six outs to finish off the combined five-hitter.
David Hernandez (4-7) lasted 2 2-3 innings, allowing six runs on four homers while walking two and striking out three. He is 0-3 in his last five starts.
"All four of those homers were supposed to be fastballs away, but they were in the middle," he said. "Right now I'm a thrower out there. I'm not a pitcher. The worst part is when you make mistakes they're all going to get hit hard."
This program aired on September 9, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.
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