Red Sox manager John Farrell said there's no decision on whether Clay Buchholz will make his next start.
With Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) ready to come off the disabled list, Buchholz was likely pitching for his rotation spot Thursday against the Rockies. It didn't go well as the right-hander allowed a season-high six runs while watching his ERA balloon to 6.35. The Red Sox are famous for inventing injuries for struggling players and that might be their best option with Buchholz here. Buchholz has no confidence right now and is having a really difficult time with runners on base. We'd be surprised to see him make his next start Tuesday against Baltimore.
Dustin Garneau hit one of three, two-run home runs on the night as the Rockies thumped the Red Sox 8-2 on Thursday.
Garneau's two-run dinger in the fifth inning followed two-run shots by Carlos Gonzalez, who hit his in the fourth, and Trevor Story, whose homer came two batters before Garneau's. The catcher also doubled and scored in the game. The home run was the first of the season for the 28-year-old, and his .270/.317/.459 line while filling in for the injured Nick Hundley could leave the Rockies' front office with a tough decision when Hundley returns.
David Ortiz continued to rake Thursday, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in a loss to the Rockies.
Ortiz was basically the only Red Sox hitter able to get something going against Rockies starter Jon Gray, taking the youngster deep for the two-run jack in the first inning. The home run was his 12th of the season to go with a whopping 45 RBI, most in the AL, and 24 runs scored. He's doubled in five consecutive games, and the good stretch has the 40-year-old's season line up to a ridiculous .337/.420/.706.
Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.
CarGo jumped on a Clay Buchholz pitch in the fourth inning for the two-run shot. The homer was his sixth of the season, as he oddly has just 15 RBI but 29 runs scored in 45 games. He's been heating up in his last four games, going 8-for-16 to raise his overall line to .287/.328/.455.
Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.
Starting at designated hitter in the American League park, Descalso made his manager look smart by singling and scoring in the fifth and seventh innings. It was just his second start and fifth appearance of the season after he missed the first month and a half with a fractured left hand. He'll serve in a superutility role for the Rockies this year and carries no fantasy value.
Jon Gray limited the Red Sox to two runs over 7 1/3 innings in a win Thursday.
Gray allowed five hits and walked three on the evening, with David Ortiz' two-run homer in the first inning accounting for all the Red Sox' offense. Gray settled in after that, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out six the rest of the way. The righty is 2-2 with a 5.95 ERA that doesn't tell the whole story, as he's pitched much better in the month of May save for one clunker against the Cardinals. Gray will face off against the Reds on Tuesday.
Clay Buchholz allowed six runs, including three home runs, over five innings in a loss to the Rockies on Thursday.
Buchholz gave up seven hits without walking a batter in the game, but three, two-run bombs -- to Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau -- did him in. Buchholz has now yielded 12 homers in 10 starts, owning a 6.35 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the year. Assuming he's still in the rotation -- Eduardo Rodriguez could be back as early as next week, and Buchholz has been mentioned as the odd man out -- life doesn't get any easier for the 31-year-old Tuesday when he visits the Orioles.
Danny Espinosa hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to lead the Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.
Espinosa's homer off Mike Leake broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Despite Thursday's contribution, the 29-year-old is hitting just .201/.301/.302 in 47 games and appears to be keeping the seat warm for Trea Turner, who could be called up in a matter of weeks.