July 28, 2013

Lester still has Orioles' number

Jon Lester pitches seven strong innings and improves to 15-2 against Baltimore, leading the Red Sox to a 5-0 win.

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, celebrates his two-run home run near teammate Jacoby Ellsbury (2) during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday in Baltimore.

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WHO: Red Sox (Doubront 7-4) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Price 5-5)

WHEN: 6:10 p.m.

WHERE: Fenway Park


OF NOTE: The Red Sox lead the Rays by 1/2 game in the AL East

It was only the fourth time this season the Orioles have been blanked, tied with Tampa Bay for lowest in the AL.

Blame it on Lester, their old nemesis.

"You know what you're going to get with him," leadoff hitter Nick Markakis said. "You know it's going to be a battle. He wasn't locating his pitches the best I've seen him. But he was still effective, especially with guys on base."

Hammel needed 27 pitches to get out of a rocky first inning. After a two-out RBI double by Napoli put runners at second and third, Mike Carp struck out.

Ortiz made it 3-0 in the third with an opposite-field drive to left following a single by Jacoby Ellsbury.

In the eighth, Ortiz singled and Napoli doubled before Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run single.

NOTES: Baltimore recalled outfielder L.J. Hoes from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher Jairo Asencio for assignment. Hoes went 0 for 3 in his third major-league game. ... Boston improved to an AL-best 20-11 in day games. ... Baltimore fell to 9-5 in the pivotal game of a three-game series. ... Napoli has had multiple extra-base hits in 11 games this season. ... Ortiz has reached base in 32 of his last 34 games.

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