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The Red Sox have thrived on interleague competition and Wednesday’s match with the visiting Diamondbacks was no exception, with the Red Sox winning 6-2. Former Baltimore Oriole nemesis Rodrigo Lopez resurfaced to face the dominant Jon Lester, but couldn’t match Lester’s seven-inning, seven-strikeout, two-run night.
Dustin Pedroia, who was mired in a deep slump until recently, got things going early with a two-run shot off Lopez for his ninth home run of the season. Justin Upton matched Pedroia for a two-run shot of his own in the second inning, but the tie wouldn’t last long. The Sox scored two runs on a J.D. Drew double and an infield single by Adrian Beltre, putting them ahead for good. Kevin Youkilis in the seventh inning also added a two-run homer, his 13th of the season.
Back in his setup roll, Daniel Bard look comfortable through an inning where he allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout. Ramon Ramirez got into a jam in the ninth but Francona called on his closer and Jonathan Papelbon quickly retired Kelly Johnson to get the final out of the game.
Lester and Buchholz have anchored Red Sox staff this season and after an uncharacteristic performance against the Indians last time out, Lester was back to normal Wednesday night.
Cameron was hitless, bringing his season averages down to .254/.338/.324/.662 compared to a .250/.340/.447/.781 career line. He’s in line with his career norms except for the slugging percentage, which would be a career low for Cameron if the season ended today.
W: Jon Lester (8-2)
L: Rodrigo Lopez (2-6)