Clay Buchholz retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Dustin Pedroia's tiebreaking homer in the eighth may have overshadowed Clay Buchholz's seven innings of one-run ball, but the right-hander's fourth consecutive quality outing set the stage for the defending American League MVP.
a-Doubled for Green, N in the 8th. 1-Ran for Ortiz, D in the 8th.
BATTING 2B: Ellsbury (25, Garza, M), Pedroia (43, Garza, M), Ortiz, D (29, Garza, M), Martinez, V (31, Garza, M). HR: Pedroia (13, 8th inning off Garza, M, 1 on, 1 out). TB: Ortiz, D 2; Kotchman; Ellsbury 2; Baldelli; Pedroia 6; Reddick; Martinez, V 3. RBI: Martinez, V (97), Pedroia 2 (63). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Youkilis; Green, N; Kotchman. SAC: Ellsbury. GIDP: Green, N. Team RISP: 2-for-9. Team LOB: 6.