Lester dominates as BoSox sweep Rays
Two days after struggling in a game that was rained out, the
Lester gave up hits to three of the first four batters Friday night but none of that counted when the game was called after he threw only 23 pitches. It was made up as the opener Sunday, a 3-1 Boston win.
“I was kind of surprised the way my body responded,” Lester said. “I figured I’d be a little more sore (Saturday) than I was.”
“They’re creatures of habit and that’s not the way you draw it up,” Francona said. “He didn’t let it affect him.”
In the opener,
Tampa Bay was eliminated from the
“It’s embarrassing,” said
“This whole week has been pretty much negative offense,”
Boston’s win in the second game of the split doubleheader was its 11th in 15 games and eighth straight at Fenway Park.
Lester (13-7) allowed only singles to
Shields (9-11) had a rare solid performance at Fenway, where he is 0-6 with an 8.04 ERA.
Boston scored twice in the sixth. Drew led off with a single and went to third on a double by Lowell. Both scored on
For a change, there was no rain Sunday. Friday’s game was postponed after a delay of 2 hours, 20 minutes. The start of Saturday’s game was delayed for 2:05. Play was stopped in the top of the sixth due to heavy rain and the game was called 55 minutes later.
In Sunday’s opener, Buchholz allowed one run and five hits in seven innings before
The 5-foot-9 Pedroia’s opposite-field power surprised even Francona.
Asked if he thought Pedroia could clear the fence in Fenway Park’s deep right field, Francona quickly said: “No.”
“You look up and they’re shading right field way in, so off the bat it looks like we’re going to get the run,” the manager said. “It just kept going. You saw his reaction. I don’t think he knew he could do it, either.”
“Pedroia hitting a home run to right field is the last thing you expected,” Maddon said.
Ortiz opened the eighth with a pinch-hit double off the base of the right-field wall against
“They’ve been pitching me away a lot lately with high fastballs,” said Pedroia, the reigning
Boston went up 1-0 on Martinez’s sixth-inning RBI single.
Tampa Bay tied it in the seventh on
Buchholz held the
John Stockton threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the second game two nights after he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. …