On Sunday, Clay Buchholz did something he hadn’t been able to do in about three weeks — earn a win.

After being demoted to the bullpen at the end of last week, Buchholz made his first appearance out of the bullpen in the 10th inning against the Blue Jays.

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

On Sunday, Clay Buchholz did something he hadn’t been able to do in about three weeks — earn a win.

After being demoted to the bullpen at the end of last week, Buchholz made his first appearance out of the bullpen in the 10th inning against the Blue Jays.

The right-hander allowed a hit and struck out a batter in the bottom of the 10th and then after the Red Sox scored two runs in the 11th, he was pulled and Koji Uehara picked up the save giving Buchholz his third win of the year and the Red Sox a 5-3 win to avoid a weekend sweep in Toronto.

It was Buchholz’s first relief appearance since 2008.

“It definitely felt a little different,” he told reporters. “That’s the position I’m in. I’ve got to help the team any way I can. It’s just like when you’re starting, but you don’t know when you’re pitching out of the bullpen, so it’s a little different. That’s part of it, part of the adjustment I’m going to have to make for the time being. I’m glad I could contribute today.”

Manager John Farrell acknowledged Buchholz would have gone out for the 11th inning if the game remained tied. After the game, Buchholz addressed being moved to the bullpen for the first time.

“I needed a breather from everything,” he said. “It’s part of the game. Pitching is pitching. Out of the bullpen, you just don’t know when you’re pitching, and that’s the biggest thing I’m going to have to adjust to. It’s a good team win today. These guys are swinging the bat really good. It’s fun to go extra innings and win and not get swept, especially here in the division. It’s a good team win.”

Added Buchholz: “[Farrell] understands how I’ve felt about the whole situation. I don’t think anybody would be human as a baseball player if they didn’t take it as a slap in the face or you’ve got to get better, and that’s how I took it. He understood that. I had to come in in a situation, extra-inning ballgame on the road, and it’s a different situation for me to be in, and I think that’s why he did that, to show me that he saw the work going into it, an awkward situation, but able to get through it.”

If the weekend series in Toronto showed the team anything, it’s they need some help in the bullpen after it blew a four-run lead Saturday and another lead on Sunday. The team is still searching for a pitcher to replace Carson Smith — and while Buchholz certainly isn’t ready for that yet — if he can get some momentum going, he could potentially be a huge asset.

“He handled it very well,” Farrell said. “First time I think he’s pitched out of the ‘pen in a number of years. He had a good cutter, a good fastball, sank the ball. With the exception of the curveball to Barney that stays in the middle of the plate, he was sharp. For all that he’s been through, he’s got his back against the wall in a situation like that, executed very well.”

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Ryan Hannable
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

It wasn’t easy, but the Red Sox came away with the win.

With the game tied at three in the 11th inning, Dustin Pedroia hit a ground-rule double scoring Blake Swihart who walked to open the frame and that was followed by a RBI ground out from Xander Bogaerts as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-3 in 11 innings.

Clay Buchholz suffered the loss in his first appearance out of the bullpen. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz earned the win in his first appearance out of the bullpen. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)

It wasn’t easy, but the Red Sox came away with the win.

With the game tied at three in the 11th inning, Dustin Pedroia hit a ground-rule double scoring Blake Swihart who walked to open the frame and that was followed by a RBI ground out from Xander Bogaerts as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-3 in 11 innings.

Clay Buchholz picked up the win in his first appearance since 2008. The right-hander threw a scoreless 10th inning and Koji Uehara earned the save with a scoreless 11th.

Buchholz and Uehara were able to save the Red Sox bullpen, which blew a lead earlier in the game.

With the Red Sox leading 3-2 in the eighth inning, Edwin Encarnacion laced a solo home run to tie the game at three off reliever Heath Hembree. This spoiled David Price’s start as he gave the Red Sox the start they needed coming in losers of three straight.

Making his first start in Toronto against his former team, Price was solid. The left-hander went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. The three strikeouts were tied for the fewest in a game this season. His only mistake came in the fifth inning when he allowed a two-run home run to Bautista.

With Bautista coming up with one out and the tying run at second base in the seventh inning, Price was removed from the game in favor Hembree. Hembree was able to strike Bautista out and then retire Josh Donaldson to get out of the jam.

The Red Sox were held hitless until the sixth inning against Jays starter R.A. Dickey, but once they got their first hit they made it count.

Betts started the inning with a triple and that was followed by two straight singles by Pedroia and Bogaerts to make it a 2-1 game and set up runners on first and second. Travis Shaw walked and then Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch to tie the game and end Dickey’s day.

Relief pitcher Chad Girodo entered and walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. The Sox could’ve had more, but Josh Rutledge popped up and Christian Vazquez flew out to end the inning.

Closing Time note

With the win, the Red Sox continue their streak of not losing four straight games this season.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Price seems to have turned a corner. In his last four starts he has gone 27 1/3 innings and allowed just eight earned runs. Over that time he has lowered his ERA from 6.75 to 5.11.

— Bogaerts’ single in the sixth extended his hit streak to 22 games. It is MLB’s longest-active streak and the second-longest streak overall in the majors this season with the longest being Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 29-game streak that came to an end late last week. Overall, Bogaerts has now hit safely in 34 out of his last 36 games.

— Dustin Pedroia’s RBI single in the sixth inning extended his hit streak against the Blue Jays to 23 games, which is tied for the third-longest all-time.

— Blake Swihart made a nice diving catch in left field during the second inning. He appears to be getting more and more comfortable by the day in the outfield. Prior to the game, manager John Farrell hinted he could be the full-time left fielder even when Brock Holt returns if he can begin to hit.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— It was the second straight day the Red Sox bullpen couldn’t hold a lead and it’s become quite clear the team needs some help, especially with Carson Smith being done for the season.

— The Red Sox could have added a run in the seventh inning, but Swihart took too big of a turn around third base and was caught in between third and home for the final out of the inning. The Red Sox would have had first and third with two outs for Ramirez.

— Getting into the lineup when David Ortiz was scratched, Rutledge went 0-for-4 with a key strikeout in the sixth inning when the Red Sox could have broken the game open.

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Ryan Hannable

The streak is now at 22.

Xander Bogaerts was able to extend his hit streak to 22 games with a one-out single to left field in the sixth inning against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sunday.

It came on the 11th pitch of the at-bat as Bogaerts fouled off a number of pitches to keep the at-bat alive.

Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

The streak is now at 22.

Xander Bogaerts was able to extend his hit streak to 22 games with a one-out single to left field in the sixth inning against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sunday.

It came on the 11th pitch of the at-bat as Bogaerts fouled off a number of pitches to keep the at-bat alive.

At 22 games, it is the second-longest streak in the majors with the longest being Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 29-game streak that came to an end late last week.

Overall, Bogaerts has now hit safely in 34 out of his last 36 games.

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Ryan Hannable

About half hour prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays, David Ortiz was scratched from the Red Sox lineup with a sore left foot and is considered day-to-day, via reports from Toronto.

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

About half hour prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays, David Ortiz was scratched from the Red Sox lineup.

No reason was immediately given.

Ortiz was hit by a pitch in Saturday’s 10-9 loss, so it’s possible he is still feeling the effects of that. The designated hitter finished the game 2-for-5 and appeared to hit the game-winning home run in the ninth inning before the Blue Jays won it in the bottom half.

In 44 games this season, Ortiz is batting .339 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs.

Here is the updated Red Sox lineup against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey as Hanley Ramirez will DH, Travis Shaw will play first base and Josh Rutledge will play third base.

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Travis Shaw, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Josh Rutledge, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C
Blake Swihart, LF
David Price, LHP

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Ryan Hannable