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After back-to-back losses to the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox, led by Jon Lester, salvaged the series with a 6-2 win.
Lester did just what you want you want your ace to do, and that’s kill losing streaks. Lester flexed his muscles and played the role of the stopper with a stellar eight-inning effort. It also might help that Boston is now 16-1 against Baltimore in games started by Lester, and Lester himself is 14-0 in those 17 games.
Adrian Gonzalez helped his pitcher out and was the sole contributor to the offense in the early innings. Gonzalez doubled his RBI total from the previous night by driving in 2 while going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles.
Finally, in the seventh inning, someone other than Adrian Gonzalez put a tally on the scoreboard and by the eighth inning, the rest of the Red Sox lineup caught up. They scored three runs in the inning to lock up the win for the Sox.
The Sox scored early when Jacoby Ellsbury scored on an Adrian Gonzalez double deep to left field.
The Red Sox then took the lead back in the top of the third. Once again, it was Ellsbury coming home after an Adrian Gonzalez single to right-center.
That looked like it would be enough for Sox starter Jon Lester, who had 5 strikeouts and allowed only 4 hits on 108 pitches, but in the bottom of the sixth, Vladimir Guerrero got the O’s back in the ballgame. He hit a solo shot just over the fence in left-center field.
Boston took the lead back for good in the seventh. After Carl Crawford doubled, he advanced to third and Dustin Pedroia hit a weak grounder down to third. O’s third baseman Mark Reynolds couldn’t make a clean play on the ball and Pedroia had an infield hit and an RBI single.
The Sox popped off for a 3-spot in the eighth with an RBI from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and 2 from Ellsbury.
Closer Jonathan Papelbon came on to slam the door shut in the ninth, giving the Sox their 11th win of the season to close our their road trip.
The Sox return home Friday to open up an 11-game homestand, starting with a three-game set against the 11-15 Seattle Mariners.