Lester’s gem leads Red Sox past Giants in West Coast trip opener

In what could have been a game the Red Sox easily could have mailed in as they traveled from Boston to San Fransisco all day, arriving in the city roughly six hours before game time, the Sox avenged losing two-of-three to the Yankees over the weekend with a convincing 7-0 win over the Giants Monday night. With the win they maintain their one game lead over the Rays in the AL East.

Red Sox starter Jon Lester led the way tossing 8 1/3 shutout innings allowing just six hits and striking out three in one of his better pitching performances of the season. This was the type of game Lester needed as he looks to get into a rhythm as the final playoff push is fast approaching. Brandon Workman came on to get the final two outs of the game as Lester had thrown 115 pitches.

The Red Sox scored early giving Lester all the run support he would need by scoring three times in the second inning. Will Middlebrooks’ sacrifse fly with the bases loaded scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the first run of the game. The Sox then got another run courtesy of a Tim Lincecum balk with Daniel Nava on third and then Shane Victorino singled to drive in Stephen Drew to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. They then added single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings for their fourth and fifth runs and Nava and Saltalamachhia both had run producing hits in the ninth giving the Sox the 7-0 win. Nava and Victorino paced the offense with three hits each in the win.

The three-game series will resume Tuesday night (10:15, NESN) as Jake Peavy will take to the mound going up against Ryan Vogelsong.

What they’ll be saying: With the Rays already winning earlier in the night, the Red Sox needed a win to keep their one game lead in the AL East and it was especially important as the Sox entered the game losers of five of their last seven and seven of their last ten. With all on the table it was a big start for Lester and the left-hander came through to pick up his first win since July 18 and snapped the Red Sox’ three game losing streak in games he’s started … The Red Sox also continued their dominance in inter-league play as they are now 10-3, which is tops in the majors.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

Local

Future Boston Alliance invites you to #RidetheLine, support…

#RidetheLine aims to show the city, the nation, and the globe our creative impact as Boston citizens.

Local

(Update) Body of missing BU grad Eric Munsell…

The dead man pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon was that of missing 24-year-old Boston University alumnus Eric Munsell, Boston Police said today.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Music

Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.

Music

M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in…

NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in overtime of Game 4

MLB

MLB video highlights: Yankees rout Red Sox, 14-5

Felix Doubront struggles for second time in five starts

NBA

Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.