- Associated Press - Sunday, April 6, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Clay Buchholz didn’t try to hide the fact that he had a terrible outing.

The right-hander gave up a career-high 13 hits, allowed six runs and lasted just 4 1-3 innings in Boston’s 7-6, 11-inning loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

“Overall I don’t think I threw one good pitch that they hit where I said, ‘They shouldn’t have hit that pitch,’” Buchholz said. “It just happens sometimes.”

Buchholz, 12-1 in an injury-plagued 2013 season, gave up six runs in the first three innings. Last year, he gave up just five runs in his first five starts over 37 2-3 innings.


Now, he hopes to get things straightened out before he faces the Yankees in New York next week.

“I’ve been around for a little bit. You can’t dwell on your last start,” he said. “I felt fine. It took a little bit to get loose. It was pretty cool out there.”

Khris Davis doubled in the 11th inning for his fourth hit of the game, and he scored on Logan Schafer’s double to help the Brewers win for the second straight day.

The loss spoiled a stellar job by Boston’s bullpen, which pitched six scoreless innings and fanned 13 before the go-ahead hit off Burke Badenhop (0-1).

“Our bullpen saved us tonight,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “The number of innings they had to pitch - stressful innings.”

Tyler Thornburg (1-0) earned the win with a perfect 10th inning. Badenhop came in to start the 11th and gave up Davis’ one-out double, then Schafer one-hopped the Green Monster between the left and center fielders.

Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side in the 11th for his second save.

Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez each had three of Milwaukee’s 19 hits. Carlos Gomez and Mark Reynolds each hit a solo homer in the second inning - the first hit of the season for Reynolds, who was signed as a free agent on Jan. 17.

“For the second consecutive day we faced a team where when we mislocated in the strike zone they capitalized on it,” Farrell said. “Missed with a pitch up and they jumped all over it.”

On a 40-degree night with the wind blowing the brand new World Series championship flag stiffly from left field to right, Milwaukee led 3-0 and 6-2 before Boston came back on Mike Napoli’s three-run homer in the third and an unearned run in the sixth. The Brewers threatened in the eighth and again in the 10th, but both times Jonathan Lucroy lined out to Daniel Nava - at two different positions.

The Brewers scored one in the first, two in the second and three in the third off Buchholz. But Boston made it 6-5 on Napoli’s homer, then tied it in the sixth when Xander Bogaerts led off with a double and scored from third when shortstop Jean Segura fumbled Jonathan Herrera’s slow roller for an error.

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