Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Clay Buchholz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts in a dominant pitching performance that led the Boston Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.
Buchholz (3-0) had issued just four walks before surrendering a leadoff single to Kelly Johnson in the top of the eighth and gave up one more hit before finishing out the inning. It was the third straight standout effort for the righty to begin the season, having yielded just one run over 14 frames in winning his first two starts.
Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Red Sox offensively, with Mike Napoli contributing a two-run double to Boston's second straight triumph in this rain-shortened three-game series that wraps up on Monday.
The Rays, now losers of five of their last six, mustered just three hits total and have scored a mere four runs over their past four outings.
Alex Cobb (1-1) worked 6 2/3 innings for Tampa Bay, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits while striking out six.
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