Buchholz Shaky As Sox Fall To O’s

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Clay Buchholz allowed five runs over five innings in a shaky outing and the Boston Red Sox lost 6-5 to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

Projected as Boston’s third starter, Buchholz gave up two-run homers to Adam Jones in the first and Nick Markakis in the third.

It was Jones’ third home run of the spring, and Markakis’ first.

Buchholz gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out three. In his first three starts this spring, he had allowed three runs and seven hits over 10 innings.

Baltimore starter Jason Hammel made it through just two innings, allowing two runs and three hits.

Brad Bergesen followed Hammel with three scoreless innings.

Robert Andino had two RBIs for the Orioles.

Boston’s Darnell McDonald had three hits and is batting .500.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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