Buchholz Returns, Red Sox Fall to Rays

Clay Buchholz started for the Red Sox for the first time since mid-June, allowing 4 runs over 6 1/3 innings but Boston fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3. Will Middlebrooks homered in the loss.

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Clay Buchholz made his first start since mid-June, but his night was spoiled by counterpart David Price as the Rays topped the Red Sox on Saturday night at Tropicana Field. Bucholz returned to the mound allowing four earned runs while fanning eight in 6 1/3 innings of work. Meanwhile, Price allowed two earned runs while striking out eight through 7 1/3 innings, on his way to becoming the American League's first 12-game winner. Will Middlebrooks plated David Ortiz with a two-run home run in the fourth and Cody Ross scored on a throwing error by Price in the sixth to give Boston a 3-2 lead. However, Tampa Bay's Jose Lobaton forced a walk with the bases loaded to knot the game at three and Elliot Johnson's sacrifice fly coupled with B.J. Upton's solo blast in the eighth lifted the Rays past the Bo Sox, 5-3.