Even when he had nothing left in his tank but fumes, Clay Buchholz still ran roughshod over the Texas Rangers last night.

For the second straight outing, Buchholz was what the Red Sox needed most.

With tonight's starter Josh Beckett and Jon Lester both struggling mightily, Buchholz was an ace on a team desperately searching for one.

For seven innings on a stifling, 94-degree night at Rangers Ballpark, he was master of the mound, scattering four hits and allowing only one run for the second straight time as the Sox scrambled their way to a 2-1 win in front of 41,237 fans who kept waiting for a Rangers explosion Buchholz refused to be a part of.