Red Sox - 220 010 010 - 6 13 0Boston took a quick 4-0 lead, but Buchholz lasted only 14 batters (2.1-3-5-3-0, 60) and the Orioles then battered David Aardsma and Javier Lopez to blow the game open by the end of the fourth.
Orioles - 034 310 00x - 11 9 1
Scoreboard: The Angels scored a run in the top of the ninth to beat Tampa Bay 5-4. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 5-1.
The Rays lead the Red Sox by 4.5, the Yankees by 10 and the Blue Jays by 12.
Clay Buchholz (6.35, 71 ERA+) / Chris Waters (4.32, 101 ERA+)
John Farrell and Buchholz think they may have discovered a flaw in the young right-hander's delivery. Rob Bradford:
What they uncovered was that Buchholz was drifting forward upon beginning his approach to the plate with runners on base, causing problems with the location of his pitches.This will be the fourth start of Waters's major league career. Waters, who turned 28 last Sunday, is a left-hander. His minor league stats are here.
"It's more like a drift in my delivery," Buchholz explained. "When I'm in the windup I'm fine, but when I'm in the stretch, I go to my balance point, I pick my leg up and I'm already going forward. It's not allowing me to get the ball out of my glove and really be on top. ..."
Tonight's Game Thread will be over at ish's blog.
Also: Angels/Rays and Yankees/Blue Jays at 7 PM