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Red Sox 7, Indians 5

Buchholz gets plenty of support to beat Indians

In dire need of a strong outing from a starting pitcher, the Red Sox appeared on the brink of a first-inning meltdown against the Cleveland Indians when righthander Clay Buchholz gave up a two-out, run-scoring single to Carlos Santana, then loaded the bases when he hit the next batter, Shin-Soo Choo.

It wasn’t the start manager Bobby Valentine was looking for from Buchholz, who entered with the most wins among Sox starters but with the worst earned run average (9.09) in baseball.

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