Sox Take Both Games Of Day-Night Doubleheader
Who says there are no re-do’s in baseball? Jon Lester had a chance to start over on Sunday evening after struggling in the first inning of a rain-out on Friday night, as the young lefty allowed three hits to the only four Tampa Bay batters he faced.
Lester (13-7) held Tampa at bay, pitching eight innings of two-hit ball while striking out seven Rays. Billy Wagner came in for a scoreless ninth to seal the 4-0 victory for Boston in front of a capacity crowd at Fenway Park. Lester’s outstanding outing hands Tampa Bay their 11th straight loss and delivers the Sox with a three-game sweep of the reeling Rays.
After Dustin Pedroia provided just enough offensive fireworks in the day game, Mike Lowell, Jason Varitek, and Jason Bay delivered all the offense Boston would need in route to their 5th consecutive victory. Lowell grounded out to third in the second inning, plating home J.D. Drew for Boston’s first run. In the sixth, Jason Varitek delivered a two-out, two-run RBI single. Jason Bay blasted a solo-shot in the eighth, for his 32nd home run of the year.
Boston has now won eight straight at Fenway Park and 11 of their last 15 games. It was Daisuke Matsuzaka’s 29th birthday on Sunday as the Japanese right-hander is set to take the mound for the first time for Boston since June against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. The Red Sox have Monday off.