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Buchholz pitches 4 scoreless innings, Red Sox beat Blue Jays 3-1

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz delivers a warm-up pitch before the start of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., Friday, March 14, 2014.  Buchholz allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts in four innings. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz delivers a warm-up pitch before the start of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., Friday, March 14, 2014. Buchholz allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts in four innings. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Second base umpire Seth Buckminster (67) watches after Boston Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt (26) tagged Toronto Blue Jays Jose Reyes (7) out trying to stretch a single into a double in the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game in Dunedin, Fla., Friday, March 14, 2014. The play came when Boston Red Sox right fielder Corey Brown (72) dropped the ball after making a diving catch of Reyes's line drive. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Second base umpire Seth Buckminster (67) watches after Boston Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt (26) tagged Toronto Blue Jays Jose Reyes (7) out trying to stretch a single into a double in the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game in Dunedin, Fla., Friday, March 14, 2014. The play came when Boston Red Sox right fielder Corey Brown (72) dropped the ball after making a diving catch of Reyes's line drive. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes fields a flyout hit by Toronot Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., Friday, March 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes fields a flyout hit by Toronot Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

Clay Buchholz pitched two-hit ball for four scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Friday.

Buchholz allowed singles by Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera in the first and struck out three. The right-hander, who was 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts last season before injuries slowed him, has not allowed a run since his first start against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 4.

Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison, a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in 4 2-3 innings.

Corey Brown and Sean Coyle hit RBI doubles for the Red Sox.

Jonathan Diaz scored Toronto's run on a double to left field by Kevin Pillar in the eighth.