Buchholz Throws 3-Hitter, Red Sox Beat Rays 3-0

MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 31:  Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 31, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 31: Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 31, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Clay Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Sunday.

Buchholz (6-8) walked none and struck out six. Only one runner reached second base during his second shutout this season and sixth of his career.

The right-hander’s previous win came over Kansas City on July 18, five days after tossing a three-hitter in an 11-0 win against Houston. He was 0-3 in that span.

Alex Cobb (9-7) had been 7-0 in his past 11 starts.

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