There were more tough beginnings for Clay Buchholz in his second start of this young season, but unlike his debut against the Detroit Tigers, the right-hander was able to show glimpses of the 17-game winner the Red Sox will need to compete in the AL East.

Buchholz allowed five runs on six hits in seven innings, including a four-run first, and the Red Sox scored a 13-5 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday at Fenway Park [map].

For the first time in his career, Buchholz has allowed four runs in the first inning in consecutive starts. Unlike his first start of the season, a no-decision in Detroit, he was able to collect a win after settling in against Tampa Bay. He needed 43 pitches to get through the first two innings, but retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced as his pitch count topped out at 104 pitches (66 strikes).