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After a disastrous series against the Minnesota Twins, there were hopes on Friday night that the Red Sox would turn things around against the slumping Blue Jays. Sox number one starter Jon Lester did not disappoint. Lester was nearly perfect giving up one hit and striking out five in the complete game shutout. The one hit came off of a Maicer Izturis double. Breaking a three game losing streak, Lester’s shutout came at just the right time.
As for the offense, it seemed like Lester had no choice but to be perfect until the Sox plated four runs in the seventh inning. RBI doubles by Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in addition to a Dustin Pedroia RBI single gave their ace some much needed insurance and a 5-0 lead. Lester shutting out the Jays is huge for the Red Sox. Although the Jays are struggling, it gives the Sox comfort to known they do have Lester and Bucholz as reliable starters.
John Farrell has been a huge factor in not only Lester turning things around from last season, but also getting the rest of Sox pitching back on track. The Red Sox last season were ranked above a 4.00 ERA. It has improved substantially so far.
Clay Buchholz takes the mound Saturday against the Blue Jays in hopes of continuing this momentum.