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The Red Sox seemed poised to take the opening series of the season against the Rays after Josh Beckett’s dominating performance on Opening Day. But, these aren’t the Rays of old anymore, and they proved that, taking Game 2 of the season over Jon Lester and the Red Sox, 7-2.
Scott Kazmir (1-0) continued his string of good performances in Fenway Park. He allowed just one run on five hits in six innings Wednesday night to earn the win. He has a career 2.88 ERA at Fenway since 2005, the best by any opposing pitcher with at least 50 innings there.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B: Youk had a great day offensively yet again, going 3-4 with an RBI. His season average now stands at a torrid .625. He did record a rare error on a throw. Crazy, huh?
Jon Lester, SP: Lester was not very effective, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks in just five innings of work. He had a strong start, allowing just one run over the first four innings, but unraveled in the fifth. In that inning, Lester allowed an RBI single to Jason Bartlett, a bases loaded double play that allowed Akinori Iwamura to score, and a two-run HR to Carlos Pena (his first hit of the season). Game, set, and match.