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Jon Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Boston Red Sox remained in first place with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East and stayed atop the division for the 58th consecutive day.
The loss ended the Rays' six-game winning streak and was just their third in 21 games, a surge that began when they were in fourth place, trailing the Red Sox by seven games.
Boston is 3-4 since its four-game winning streak.
Lester (9-6) gave up two runs and seven hits with no walks in 6 1-3 innings. He is 3-6 with a 5.97 ERA since starting the season 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA. Four Red Sox pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts.
Roberto Hernandez (5-11) allowed three runs in five innings and tied R.A. Dickey for the second-most losses in the AL. But it was the 28th time in Tampa Bay's last 31 games that its starter gave up three runs or fewer.
Boston led 3-2, then scored three runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Stephen Drew and a two-run single by Jose Iglesias.
Myers' fifth homer of the season on the first pitch of the second inning gave the Rays a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tied it in the bottom half on a run-scoring single by Mike Carp.
They went ahead 2-1 in the third on a double steal. Shane Victorino led off with a double and went to third on a flyout by Daniel Nava. Dustin Pedroia was hit by a pitch, then stole second as catcher Jose Molina threw down and Victorino scored.
The Red Sox had left runners at third base in three straight innings before Pedroia gave them a 3-1 lead with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
The Rays got another leadoff homer off Lester in the sixth when Longoria hit his 21st on the second pitch, cutting the lead to 3-2.
NOTES: Myers missed the previous two games with a sore left wrist. He is 16 for 32 in his last eight games. ... Rays 1B James Loney's single in the second was the 1,000th hit of his career. ... Pedroia was the only Red Sox batter who went hitless. ... Boston is 10-4 against Tampa Bay and has clinched the 19-game season series. The last time the Red Sox won the season series over the Rays was 2007. ... Alex Torres pitched two scoreless innings and has allowed one run in 30 1-3 innings for the Rays. ... David Price (4-5) pitches for the Rays against Felix Doubront (7-3) in the third game of the four-game series. ... Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury got the night off. He leads the majors with a .370 batting average since May 26.
BEST OF MAXIM
Sorry about that headline.
It implies that I have some idea how the de facto ace of the Red Sox returned to form. I don't.
The fact is, Jon Lester finally was himself last night when he pitched six-and-a-third innings, gave up seven hits and held a very strong Tampa Bay Rays lineup to just two runs en route to a 6-2 Red Sox victory.
The southpaw from Washington state struck...
(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)This was the Jon Lester we knew and loved at the start of the 2013 season. Throwing strikes, showing command, lasting into the seventh inning. Lester went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just two runs, striking out eight and—significantly—walking nobody in a 6-2 win by the Carmine Hose. A mixture of good and bad baserunning characterized the Boston offense....
The Red Sox maintained their AL East lead with a 6-2 win over Tampa at Fenway.
Jon Lester notched his ninth win of the year off a much-needed solid performance. He went six and a third, scattering seven hits to give up just two runs, both solo bombs. Perhaps most importantly, Lester didn't walk anyone. He made the Rays swing the bat, which he doesn't always do.
Two things that have become painfully apparent over the past 48 hours: the Rays are not going to stop being a thorn in our ass for the balance of the season, and not even Clay Buchholz knows when Clay Buchholz is coming back. In the blink of an eye, Clay went from getting good news from his doctor to hoping to make “4 or 5 more starts” before October. Not a good sign.
As they head into August in a battle for the American League East, pitching is their biggest question mark. They’ve lost two closers to injuries and their best starter, Clay Buchholz, hasn’t pitched since June 8. The situation puts even more pressure on Lester, the man on the mound last night.
Lester has been as inconsistent as New England weather this season, and though he...
Extra rest helped Jon Lester slow down the Tampa Bay surge that nearly knocked Boston out of first place.
After his start was pushed back two days, Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Red Sox won 6-2 on Tuesday night and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East.
This game was more important than...
8 a.m. ET: These Tampa Bay Rays aren’t going anywhere.
After blanking the Red Sox in Monday night’s series opener, the Rays now trail Boston by a mere 1/2 game in the American League East standings. Joe Maddon’s club has been on an absurd tear of late, winning 18 of its last 20 games, and the Rays can claim sole possession of first place with another win on Tuesday.
BOSTON (AP) -- Jon Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Boston Red Sox remained in first place with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox moved 1.5 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East and stayed atop the division for the 58th consecutive day.
The loss ended the Rays' six-game...
One night after getting shut out in their series opener with the Rays, the Red Sox will have to bounce back — and slow Tampa Bay’s massive momentum — to stay atop the American League East on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
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In a game that had 1st place on the line in the AL East the Red Sox showed some fight and rallied behind a strong outing by Jon Lester that allowed the team to again go up 1.5 games in the standings. The team quickly forgot about their 2 hit performance from the night before and belted out 12 hits and 6 runs over the Tampa Bay Rays. Here are the...
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It was somewhat expected that the Boston Red Sox may have a sluggish game Monday following Sunday night/Monday morning’s extra-inning game with the Yankees. But to be held to two hits by Matt Moore was a little surprising.
Because of that, the Tampa Bay Rays (59-41) are now a half-game out of first place in the AL East with the chance to take...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Monday, July 22 @ 7:10 PM
Matt Moore, LHP (13-3, 3.44) vs Brandon Workman, RHP (0-0, 5.40)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Tuesday, July 23 @ 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez, RHP (5-10, 4.90) vs Jon Lester, LHP (8-6, 4.58)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...
David Price pitched a five-hitter for his third complete game of the season, Wil Myers had a two-run single, and the surging Tampa Bay Rays won for the 19th time in 22 games by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-1 on Wednesday night.
James Loney had two hits and drove in a run for the Rays. Tampa Bay moved within a half-game of the AL East-leading Red Sox.
Mike Napoli homered for Boston...
First Pitch: Monday 7:10, Tuesday 7:10, Wednesday 7:10, Thursday 7:10
Arms: Monday: Matt Moore, LHP (13-3, 3.44 ERA) vs. Brandon Workman, RHP (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
Tuesday: Roberto Hernandez, RHP (5-10, 4.90 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (8-6, 4.58 ERA)
Wednesday: David Price, LHP (4-5, 4.03 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (7-3, 3.76 ERA)
Thursday: Jeremy Hellickson, RHP (9-3, 4.62 ERA)...