Lester gets back on track in Red Sox win over Rays

This was a big start for Jon Lester. Not only was first place in the AL East at stake, but Lester had been given an extra two days’ rest after the All-Star break and hasn’t been pitching well by his standards of late. The left-hander came through with his best start in roughly two months to lead the Red Sox over the Rays 6-2 Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Lester went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight (tied a season-high) and surrendered no walks. The two blemishes were lead-off home runs, as Wil Myers took him deep in the second and Evan Longoria in the sixth. Lester seemed to shy away from his cutter as his put-away pitch, and went more to his curveball. The bullpen was equally impressive as Matt Thornton (one batter), Junichi Tazawa (1 1/3 innings) and Koji Uehara (1 inning) pitched very well in relief of Lester.

“Just the way Jon came out tonight, he was strong and it seemed like the added rest did him some good,” manager John Farrell said. “A lot of strikes. Power to his fastball in the full six-plus innings of work tonight. Getting to the 95-pitch mark, that would have been the third time he would have grinded through a man in scoring position situation.”

The Red Sox got their first run in the third on an RBI single from Mike Carp to score Mike Napoli, then played small-ball to get their second and third runs. In the third, with Dustin Pedroia on first and Shane Victorino on third, the Sox executed a double-steal to score Victorino. They got their third run on a sacrifice fly from Pedroia in the fifth to score Daniel Nava. David Ortiz, Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamachhia all had two hits in the win. The Sox added three insurance runs in the eighth, all coming with two outs. First a single from Stephen Drew, followed by a two-run single from Jose Iglesias to deep short/shallow left field.

Game 3 of the four-game set will be tomorrow night (7:10, NESN, ESPN) where Felix Doubront will take on David Price.

What they’ll be saying: This was a big win for both the team and personally Lester, as he pitched better than he has in any game in almost two months. He’s made adjustments to his pitch selection, particularly to his cutter, as teams were catching on to the pitch. He’s now relying more on his curveball and changeup. It was Lester’s ninth win of the season and 10th quality start.

The bullpen was outstanding, as the three relievers retired the eight batters they faced, striking out six of them.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.