June 28, 2013

Lester a Red Sox ace again

The lefty who's been struggling of late looks good and calms fears over a late-inning hip flare-up.

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Dustin Pedroia
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Dustin Pedroia heads to the dugout to a big welcome from his teammates after his two-run homer highlighted a seven-run second inning that gave the Red Sox all they would need to take Thursday’s opening game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

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Jon Lester
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John Lester heads to the dugout after hip pain forced him off the mound during Thursday’s victory over Toronto at Fenway Park.

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FRIDAY'S GAME

WHO: Toronto Blue Jays (Johnson 1-2) at Boston Red Sox (Webster 0-2)

WHEN: 7:10 p.m.

TELEVISION: NESN

"They dropped seven on us," Toronto Manager John Gibbons said. "Against a good pitcher, you are never going to catch that."

Lester needed only 30 pitches to get through three innings and didn't allow a baserunner until Bautista walked with one out in the fourth.

Melky Cabrera singled for Toronto's first hit with one out in the fifth and moved to second on a base hit by Rajai Davis. Maicer Izturis drove them both home with a double to left-center.

Yet it wasn't enough to make up for Boston's blistering start.

Wang allowed the first seven batters to reach base during the drawn-out second.

David Ortiz and Mike Carp walked, Daniel Nava delivered an RBI single off the Green Monster and Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

Stephen Drew's double to right scored Nava, and consecutive hits by Jose Iglesias and Jacoby Ellsbury stretched the lead to 5-0 before Wang even managed an out.

It got even worse.

After inducing a double play, Wang served up Pedroia's fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot that landed in the first row of Green Monster seats and ended Wang's evening after just 45 pitches.

 

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