Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Boston put two runs across in the first inning and that is all Clay Buchholz would need as the right-hander went seven strong innings to help the Red Sox to a 6-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in the finale of a three-game set.
David Ortiz drove in two with a bases-loaded single to left in the opening frame off Hector Santiago (1-3), who struck out nine over six innings of work. Santiago got the start in place of Chris Sale, who was scratched with shoulder tendinitis but is expected to make his next scheduled start.
Buchholz (7-0) allowed just a run on five hits to become the first Red Sox pitcher since Josh Beckett in 2007 to start the season 7-0.
Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits apiece while Daniel Nava drove in a pair.