Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

Looking for a sweep of their four-game set with the Braves, the Red Sox send Clay Buchholz to the mound Thursday night against right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.

Through four starts, Buchholz has yet to register a win. His record sits at 0-2 to go with a 6.33 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He has just one quality start this season, and has allowed five earned runs on three occasions. In his last start Saturday against the Astros, he took the loss after going 5 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six as the Red Sox went on to lose 8-3.

The turning point in the game came in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, when Buchholz appeared to miss his spot on a fastball to Colby Rasmus, who took full advantage by knocking it out of the park for a grand slam.

“It’s a really good pitch whenever you’re able to throw it where you want to, but the ball was moving a lot today,” Buchholz said after the game. “For the most part felt like I did a pretty good job with executing the pitches I was throwing at times. Me and Colby faced each other a lot, he got me today.”

In two career starts against the Braves, Buchholz is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.900 WHIP. He has walked nine and struck out seven in 10 innings.

Chacin has only one decision through three starts this season, as he is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. In his last outing Saturday against the Mets, the 28-year-old Venezuelan took a loss while giving up three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five as the Braves wound up losing 8-2.

An eight-year major leaguer who played his first six seasons with the Rockies before appearing in five games for the Diamondbacks last season then signing as a free agent with the Braves in the offseason, Chacin has started two games against the Red Sox in his career. He is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA and 1.875 WHIP. He has seven walks and eight strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings of work.

Braves vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Nick Markakis (49 plate appearances): .146 AVG/.286 OBP/.146 SLG, 3 RBIs, 7 walks, 6 strikeouts

Erick Aybar (31): .129/.129/.129, 3 strikeouts

Kelly Johnson (19): .133/.278/.133, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts

A.J. Pierzynski (15): .400/.400/.467, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Tyler Flowers is 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Jace Peterson is 1-for-3 with a double.

Jhoulys Chacin

Jhoulys Chacin

Jeff Francoeur is 1-for-3 with one RBI and one strikeout.

Freddie Freeman has three walks in three plate appearances.

Red Sox vs. Chacin (RHP)

Chris Young (23 plate appearances): .286 AVG/.348 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (15) .083/.267/.333, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia is 0-for-4 with two walks.

Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-3 with a walk and one strikeout

David Ortiz is 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs, one walk and one strikeout.

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Travis Upham

Dustin Pedroia (15) receives congratulations after his grand slam on Wednesday. (Greg M.</p>
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Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves

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Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves

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Steven Wright continues to be the most consistent starter in the Red Sox rotation.

The knuckleballer was in control once again on Wednesday night, keeping the Red Sox in the drivers seat in a game they would go on to win, 9-4 over the lowly Braves.

The Red Sox have now won the first three games of the series and will go for the sweep Thursday night.

The Red Sox had their straight night of scoring nine or more runs in their win against the Braves. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox had their straight night of scoring nine or more runs in their win against the Braves. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Steven Wright continues to be the most consistent starter in the Red Sox rotation.

The knuckleballer was in control once again on Wednesday night, keeping the Red Sox in the drivers seat in a game they would go on to win, 9-4 over the lowly Braves.

The Red Sox have now won the first three games of the series and will go for the sweep Thursday night.

In his longest outing of the season, Wright went seven strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. Wright has now had a quality start in all four of his outings this season, the only Red Sox pitcher to do so.

Wright’s eight strikeouts were a season-high and of his 116 total pitches, 76 were strikes. He did walk three batters, which has been the only chink in his armor so far in 2016.

The Red Sox offense provided plenty of support for Wright, pouring on eight runs through the first four innings.

A key moment came early in the game when Dustin Pedroia turned Braves starter Bud Norris’ 93 MPH fastball into an opposite field grand slam, which dinged off Pesky’s Pole. This gave Wright a 6-1 lead in the second inning, and he never looked back.

Because of the Sox’ offensive onslaught, the Braves bullpen was busy quite early. Following Pedroia’s blast, David Ortiz ripped a double off the Green Monster which was the last straw for Norris, who didn’t make it out of the second inning.

The Red Sox would go scoreless for four straight innings before Pedroia hit his second homer of the game in the eighth. Atlanta would add a run in the ninth off reliever Matt Barnes, but it was too little too late.

Closing Time note

Pedroia’s grand slam off Pesky’s Pole was just the third home run of his career — out of 121 — hit down the right field line.

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

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Pedroia led the Red Sox offense with three hits, including two home runs. He finished with five RBIs.

— Ortiz wasn’t far behind with three hits, two of them being doubles. He broke the ice in the first inning, knocking in Xander Bogaerts to give the Red Sox the early lead.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Ryan Hanigan had some trouble handling Wright’s knuckleball, as he finished with four passed balls. He has had eight this season.

— Bogaerts failed to extend his hitting streak to seven games, finishing 0-for-3 with two walks.

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Travis Upham

While the Red Sox got off to a fast start offensively in Tuesday night’s game against the Braves, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. provided some impressive defense as well, making a diving catch of a Daniel Castro liner to right-center in the first inning.

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We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.

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A MRI revealed no structural damage in Joe Kelly's shoulder. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports0

Joe Kelly has begun rehabbing his injured right shoulder. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports0

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright was far from a shoe-in to make the starting rotation coming into the 2016 season. Through three starts this year, he has been a pleasant surprise with a 1.40 ERA, the lowest for any starter on the team. With Joe Kelly making steps toward his return from the disabled list, it remains to be seen if Wright will be the one bumped out of his spot.

Manager John Farrell was certainly not ready to deem him the odd man out upon Kelly’s return, however.

“Those things work themselves out,” Farrell said. “Not knowing when Joe Kelly’s availability to us will be, who he is making solid progress, Joe is. But Steven is doing everything within his power and opportunity to stay in that spot.”

Kelly has been sidelined since his April 19 start against the Rays, where he suffered a right shoulder impingement. As far as his progress to this point, Farrell explained he has already begun taking steps toward his return to full strength.

“He’s played catch out to 120 feet, and will do so over the coming days,” he said. “I don’t have a date in which he’ll get back on the mound for the first time yet.”

One encouraging sign for Red Sox pitching has been an increased number of strikeouts this season. While some of that can be attributed to David Price’s arrival in Boston, it has also been due in large part to the success of the Red Sox’ bullpen.

According to Elias, the Red Sox lead the majors with 10.44 strikeouts per nine innings, and the team’s total of 210 are the most for any big league team through 20 games since 1900.

“David’s going to get his strikeouts, he has a track record of that,” said Farrell. “But I think the greatest improvement has been in our bullpen. I think somebody brought to my attention the other day that per nine innings, I think our strikeout rate is four more right now currently than we were the last couple of years. Anytime late in the game you can put less balls in play, certainly the better, and we’re starting to really build upon our bullpen and that hasn’t been the case the last couple years.

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Travis Upham

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to talk about the latest with the Red Sox, especially manager John Farrell. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.