(BOSTON) — Clay Buchholz pitched a no-hitter until the 8th, as the Boston Red Sox shut down the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Sunday at Fenway Park.
Buchholz allowed a lead-off single to Kelly Johnson in the eighth inning, breaking up the no-no bid.
“I was able to throw first-pitch curveballs for strikes a lot,” Buchholz said when describing the Johnson at-bat. “The second one I threw him was supposed to be a purpose pitch…make it fall right on top of the plate and see if we could get a swing. Didn’t quite get it there and he was able to put the bat on it.”
Buchholz (3-0) finished the game with a career-high 11 strikeouts and now has a 0.41 ERA for the season.
Mike Napoli hit a two-run double in the bottom of the 3rd to start the scoring.
The Rays (4-7) have now scored eight runs in their last six games.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN