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Lester Throws Gem, Boston Scores 10 to Beat Chicago

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In just the second start after he was activated from the disabled list, Jon Lester turned in one of his best outings of the year, beating the Chicago White Sox 10-2. Lester pitched eight strong innings allowing only four hits, two runs, while walking one and striking out eight. The lefty was very economical needing only 97 pitches to record 24 outs.

Offense Comes Alive

After Chicago’s pitching silenced Boston’s offense on Friday night, the Red Sox bats came out of hibernation against Phil Humber and company. In the fifth inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to right center plating Carl Crawford and then sacrifice flies from Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia made it 3-0 Red Sox. After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis singled in Jacoby Ellsbury making it 4-0 Sox after five innings.

After Lester gave up a pair of home runs to Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham, the Sox offense answered right back with five more runs in the ninth inning to add insurance. The firepower was courtesy of Adrian Gonzalez who hit a two-run home run and Kevin Youkilis added a shot of his own. Jarrod Saltalamacchia added another RBI double and Marco Scutaro added an RBI single.

The Red Sox look to salvage the series tomorrow versus a very hot pitcher in Mark Buerhle. Andrew Miller will take the mound for the Red Sox.

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