On Day 9 of a nine-day trip, and with a Memorial Day weekend showdown against former manager Terry Francona awaiting their return to Fenway Park, the Red Sox could’ve been dragging before last night’s game.

So, Clay Buchholz exhausted his playlist to keep the clubhouse lively.

But if the Red Sox were going to stave off a three-game sweep by the Chicago White Sox, they would need more from Buchholz than merely his collection of Journey, Counting Crows and even Olivia Newton-John (seriously). And the way he has been pitching, that wasn’t a problem.

Buchholz delivered another gem, allowing one run over seven innings, and the Red Sox pulled away late for a 6-2 victory that capped a 6-3 swing through Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Chicago.

“To go 6-3 on this trip, it’s a solid trip given what we came off of,” manager John Farrell said, referring to the preceding 2-8 stretch that left people wondering if the Red Sox’ hot start was only a mirage. “There were a lot of things that took place on this road trip, Clay obviously being one of them.”

It wasn’t always easy for Buchholz, who needed 63 pitches to get through the third inning. From there, though, he cruised, completing at least seven innings for the ninth time in 10 starts, improving his record to 7-0 and improbably lowering his league-leading ERA from 1.78 to 1.73.

If the All-Star Game was played tomorrow, Buchholz likely would start it, for all the right reasons.

“There are a couple starts where I should’ve gotten a loss, maybe two or three where the team battled back and I picked up a no-decision or a win,” Buchholz said. “It goes hand-in-hand. It’s definitely good when you can run out there and have confidence in the team.”