Found April 28, 2012 on Ted's Army:

This picture would be infinitely better if that ball landed safely.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Jon Lester and Jake Peavy went toe-to-toe tonight and when the dust settled, the Red Sox held on for the 1-0 victory for their 6th straight win.

If you enjoy pitching duels, this game was tailor-made for you.  The White Sox' Jake Peavy, who's having a tremendous season thus far, cooled the Red Sox hot bats.  He pitched a complete game, allowing only 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 7.  Against Red Sox pitching, that should net you an easy victory.  But Jon Lester was sick of losing.  He threw 7 innings of shutout ball, allowing 5 hits and striking out 7 batters of his own.  He earned his first win of 2012.

Things got a little dicey for Lester in the 7th.   Vicideo singled on a ball down the 3rd base line that Youk let roll, hoping it would end up foul.  The next batter, Flowers, hit a rocket up the middle that Aviles lunged for and nabbed.  But he tried to flip the ball to Pedroia at second while he was mid-dive and the ball sailed over Pedroia's head, putting two men on.  Lester, well over 100 pitches at this point, got Morel to ground into a fielder's choice.  Then, with the tying run on 3rd, he got Beckham to ground out to end the inning. 

Morales and Padilla tag-teamed the 8th, and Aceves used about 300 pitches (at least it seemed like it) to get the save in the 9th.  2 innings of relief work with only 2 runners on base in a one-run game is cause for a parade these days. 

Nothing to get excited about from the offensive side of the ball, thanks to Peavy.  The Sox only run of the night came in the 4th on a Gonzalez single that drove in Sweeney (who started the inning with a double).  Sweeney was the only Red Sox with multiple hits.  The 4th hit came from Marlon Byrd.  And Papi, who went 0-4, saw his average drop down to .403.  On the bright side, IT'S ALMOST MAY AND DAVID ORTIZ IS BATTING OVER .400!!



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