The silver lining to yesterday's 4-3 loss to the Rays was that starter Clay Buchholz had his best start of the season.

Buchholz was simply effective in spreading out eight hits over seven innings while allowing just two runs, walking one and striking out six.

For somebody who came in allowing close to eight runs every nine innings, Buchholz deserved a stat that falls somewhere between a quality start and a win.

"He had a really good changeup, his fastball was explosive, I was very encouraged," said manager Bobby Valentine. "He looked good. He gave up that second run and he was still throwing pretty good, I guess. I thought we were going to pull that one (out) and get him what he deserved — I thought he deserved a win today."