Lester gets BoSox much-needed win vs. ChiSox
Lester allowed four hits and Boston, boosted by home runs from
Lester fanned eight and became just the 10th different Boston pitcher to reach the 200-strikeout plateau.
“Strikeouts are nice. A cool stat,” Lester said. “That’s not something I’m trying to do. It’s something I’ll look back on after my career and realize it’s pretty cool.”
After losing Friday and Saturday to the
“Even when Lester fell behind he was able to come back and throw strikes. Seven strong innings,” Lowell said. “He’s been solid for us all year. This was a big start, especially after the way the first two games went.”
Lester (12-7) has struck out 204 this season. It marked the 24th time overall a
“He’s just got great stuff,” Chicago’s
Chicago had won four in a row. The loss dropped the
“The way Detroit is playing right now, they are on a roll and we’re not,”
Lowell hit his 17th homer, a high fly into the
Boston added a run for a 3-0 lead in the fifth.
But Martinez hit a three-run shot off
“I got myself in some trouble, but made some pitches when I had do. I got some outs when I got myself in jams,” he said.
Danks lost his bid for a career-high 13th win and pitched in and out of trouble most of the day in the matchup of tough left-handers. In six innings, he gave up seven hits and three runs.
“You know going up against a guy like that you got to be almost flawless,” Danks said of Lester. “He’s a guy who every night will give you a chance to win. He’s going to hold a team to a run or two. … I got outpitched.”
Chicago’s first two batters reached in the first. But with his back to the infield, Boston second baseman
“Pedroia didn’t get any hits, but he probably saved the game in the first inning,”
NOTES: Ellsbury had three singles and a walk. … Chicago rookie