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John Lester had another great outing pitching six solid innings and only allowing one run as the Red Sox picked up their fourth win of the year over the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 Sunday afternoon. The Red Sox got a three-run homer from Jacoby Ellsbury, while catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia also drove in three runs of his own. The Red Sox won back to back games for the first time this season and can win the series against Toronto Monday if they get a win with Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound vs Ricky Romero.After pitching a solid game last outing and getting a loss, Lester picked up his first win of the season Sunday, striking out five, walking three, and only letting up one run. He would have gotten out of the seventh inning, but was taken out with two runners on due to a Jed Lowrie error on a ball that could have been a double play (he ended up getting no one out). The inning quickly ended anyways when Daniel Bard came in and got Juan Rivera to line into a double play and then struck out Yunel Escobar. Dan Wheeler closed the game for the Red Sox.
Toronto jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning using some clever base-running to produce the run. Aaron Hill was on third, Rivera on first and their was two outs in the inning. Rivera took off stealing second base and Saltalamacchia threw to second. He then stopped in the middle and got in a rundown, but before he was tagged out, Hill crossed the plate for the first run of the game.
Boston didn’t trail for long though. In the bottom of the inning, they put together four straight hits off of pitcher Jesse Litsch, who was making his third start after having shoulder surgery last August. Ellsbury blasted his three-run homer just around Pesky’s Pole in the second giving the Sox a 4-1 lead, which would then be pushed to 6-1 on a two-run single from Saltalamacchia in the sixth inning. The Red Sox added two more runs in the eighth and closed the game out strong.
After being benched Saturday, Carl Crawford took the field once again, but made nothing of it at the plate. He went 0-4 and dropped his average to a disgraceful .127. Red Sox fans can only hope that he starts picking it up.
The Sox finish out the series Monday against Toronto at 11:05 a.m. at Fenway.