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|Lost in the Sox clinching the wild card was Clay Buchholz's awful outing Tuesday night. He surrendered a career- high five homers to the Blue Jays.|
“"This is hopefully step one." It was an odd way to celebrate, especially for a team that's lost five in a row, and seven of its last nine. One more loss, and it will match the longest losing streak of the season. But for the most part, the players didn't care. Lowell estimated that around 90 percent of the players were there, and many support staff also were seen when the clubhouse door would occasionally open. Manager Terry Francona said he would not come back, choosing to go home instead. "It's a little different," said Bay, who spent five-plus seasons in Pittsburgh. "...I think I have a perspective maybe some people don't just because of the situation I have been in. Honestly, this never gets old." Perhaps lost in the evening was Clay Buchholz's shaky start. He allowed a career-high five homers and gave up seven runs and eight hits. The loss snapped his eight-game unbeaten streak. He was 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA during the stretch. It was surprising because Buchholz entered the game with great numbers against the Blue Jays, going 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA against them this year before Tuesday. "He's like [Matt] Garza," Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi said before the game. "They pitch so good against us." But not on Tuesday night, when a few runs would have made all the difference between the Red Sox celebrating with a win on the field, or instead in the most unorthodox of ways. Amy K. Nelson is a staff writer for ESPN.com and ESPNBoston.com. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at twitter.com/amyknelson.
He's probably in a thong right now wearing goggles drinking a Budweiser.” -- Mike Lowell, when asked what Jonathan Papelbon was doing