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It was the type of outing it seemed like Jon Lester was due for. The Seattle Mariners brought their offensively challenged lineup to face the Sox ace, and he effectively shut them down in an impressive complete game win.
Jason Vargas took the mound for Seattle to face the red-hot Red Sox, who were coming off of their 12-run outburst on Sunday. In the first inning, David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez each ripped RBI doubles to give Boston an early 2-0 lead.
Daniel Nava delivered his first home run in the majors since his dramatic grand slam in his first major league at bat. This time it was a two-run blast over the Green Monster, extending the Boston lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning. Kelly Shoppach also homered later in the inning over the Monster as the Red Sox were hitting everything hard against Vargas.
Lester was stellar from the beginning. He retired the first 11 batters he faced on just 39 pitches before Ichiro Suzuki broke up the perfect game with an infield single back to Lester. From there he was solid, working towards what ended up being his strongest performance of the season. He pitched all 9 innings, allowing 8 hits and a single run in the ninth when he grew tired, throwing a total of 119 pitches.
The Red Sox are now on a four-game winning streak, and things are truly beginning to turn around after a bad start. Tuesday night Josh Beckett, will attempt to continue the recent success in the last game of the short two-game series with Seattle.