HOUSTON, TEXAS (AP) — Clay Buchholz allowed three hits and struck out a career-high 12 in his fifth career shutout to lead the Red Sox 11-0 over Houston.
It was Boston’s fourth victory in five games heading into the All-Star break.
Brock Holt had a career-best five hits, including a leadoff homer, to pace the Boston offense.
Holt hit Boston’s first leadoff homer of this season. Dustin Pedroia singled before David Ortiz drew a walk.
All of the hits Buchholz (4-5) allowed were singles, and he didn’t walk a batter in his first shutout since June 2, 2013, which was against the Yankees.
Chris Carter extended his career-high hitting streak to nine games with a single with one out in the fourth. Buchholz sailed through the rest of the game, retiring his last 17 batters.
“He had it all working,” Porter said of Buchholz. “You look at pinpoint command of his fastball, he threw his curveball anytime he wanted for strikes, mixed in his changeup and did a tremendous job.”
Holt launched a 92 mph fastball from Brad Peacock (3-6) into the seats in right field to give Boston an early lead.
Rookie Christian Vazquez had two hits and two RBIs to help the Red Sox score a season-high 11 runs.