BOSTON — When Clay Buchholz pitches, the Boston Red Sox hit well. They needed that on Tuesday night.
David Ortiz started their three-homer barrage with his 17th of the season in the first inning, and the Red Sox beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 despite Buchholz’s worst start in nearly a month.
“Clay didn’t have his great stuff tonight and the offense seemed to sense it,” Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. “They were going to do what they had to do to get us enough runs.”
Cody Ross, activated from the disabled list before the game, and Kelly Shoppach also homered as Buchholz (8-2) benefited again from a strong hitting attack. He entered the game with the second best support in the majors, 7.51 runs per nine innings.
“That’s the way the year’s been going,” Buchholz said. “Guys are scoring in the first inning and then keeping it going.”