Boston Red Sox

Tanner Houck tosses complete game shutout vs. Guardians

Houck is the first Red Sox starter to throw a complete game shutout since Michael Wacha in 2022.

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The Boston Red Sox needed a big start out of Tanner Houck on Wednesday night. The right-hander answered the call with the best performance of his career.

Houck tossed a complete game shutout -- the first of his five-year MLB career -- in just 94 pitches vs. the Cleveland Guardians. He's the first Red Sox starter to pitch a complete game shutout since Michael Wacha accomplished the feat vs. the Los Angeles Angels in June 2022.

Houck allowed only three hits while tallying nine strikeouts with zero walks in Boston's 2-0 victory. Thanks to his efficient outing, the game took only one hour and 49 minutes to play. It was the shortest nine-inning MLB game since 2010.

"He was under control til the end," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Houck after the win. ... "There was never a thought of going to the bullpen. ... That was his game."

Houck's dominant performance came when the Red Sox needed it most. Coming off two consecutive defeats, Boston's already-shorthanded starting rotation lost another arm with Garrett Whitlock landing on the injured list with a strained oblique. Now, the bullpen will be well-rested when Brennan Bernardino takes the mound as the opener on Thursday night.

The Red Sox improved to 10-9 on the season. They'll have a chance to split their series against Cleveland before hitting the road for a three-game set in Pittsburgh.

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