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Lester Outduels Halladay, Sox Snap Streak

Jon Lester pitched eight shutout innings, but left with no score. Roy Halladay went pitch-for-pitch with Lester, but ran into some trouble in the ninth. With David Ortiz on second, Kevin Youkilis smacked a single up the middle that was bobbled by Vernon Wells. Ortiz came around to score the game-winning run, leading to a 1-0 Sox win.

Sox Studs:

  • Jon Lester had probably the best start of his career, allowing just one hit and four walks in eight innings of work. He had six strikeouts as well, but did not factor in the decision due to the currently inept Sox offense.
  • Kevin Youkilis was the only Sox player with more than one hit on the night, going 2-4 including the game-winning single in the ninth. He even ran out a stolen base!
  • Dustin Pedroia was a star, but not for his offense. His dazzling defensive play saved the Red Sox in the top of the ninth. With Scott Rolen on 2nd, Vernon Wells hit a hard grounder up the middle. Pedroia dove to his right to get it and threw it to first for the third out of the inning.

Diamond Duds:

  • The Red Sox offense only had five hits and one run on the night. That is just not going to get it done.
  • David Ortiz specifically finished 0-3, dropping his average to a putrid .172. Gross.

Good Call Terry:

  • Usually a good manager of the bullpen, Terry Francona made a good call with how long to keep Jon Lester out there. The Sox lefty finished with 97 pitches through eight easy innings. He knew when to take him out, and brought in his bullpen ace Jonathan Papelbon. Cinco-Ocho had a little trouble in the ninth, but was able to hold Toronto scorless and pick up the win.

Other Notes:

  • Mike Lowell made his return from the DL. He went 0-3 with a strikeout.
  • J.D. Drew left the game with a tight quad after going 0-1. Brandon Moss took his place and went 1-2.

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