Buchholz solid in 3.1 innings for PawSox

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz worked his second of three minor league rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket Friday night at McCoy Stadium.

He went 3 1/3 innings against the Syracuse Chiefs, allowing one earned run on seven hits with zero walks and two strikeouts. He threw 53 pitches (34 strikes). The PawSox made two errors behind him.

He's scheduled to throw his third and final rehab appearance on Wednesday, which will likely be a playoff start for Pawtucket (TBD).

In the first inning Friday, Buchholz threw 23 pitches (13 strikes) and allowed one earned run on three hits. Chiefs leadoff hitter Eury Perez produced an eight-pitch at-bat before he singled, stole second and reached third on a throwing error by PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Syracuse's Jeff Kobernus provided the RBI-single and Danny Espinosa followed with a single.

Buchholz was able to get a 6-4-3 double play, then a popup to third base to end the first inning.

In the top of the second, the right-hander tossed 12 pitches (eight strikes) and allowed one hit, while striking out one.

In the top of the third, Buchholz threw 12 pitches (nine strikes) and allowed two hits with one strikeout.

He returned for the fourth inning and quickly recorded the first out on one pitch. Buchholz was lifted with Syracuse leading 1-0 after he allowed a double to the Chiefs' Chris Rahl.

As Buchholz walked off the mound, he received a nice ovation from the sellout crowd and tipped his cap.

He began his rehab assignment with Single-A Lowell last Sunday and allowed three runs (one earned) on one hit with three walks and one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning. He tossed 38 pitches in that outing.