San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Jon Lester was able to stop the bleeding
for Boston with 8 1/3 scoreless frames and the Red Sox churned out a 7-0 win
in Monday's three-game series opener with the San Francisco Giants.
With only three wins in their previous 10 games and the Tampa Bay Rays hot on
their tail for the lead in the AL East, the Red Sox needed a strong
performance and got it out of Lester (11-7), who limited Giants not named
Andres Torres or Buster Posey to just one hit.
Shane Victorino, Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks each supplied an RBI in
support of Lester, with the trio leading the way in Boston's rattling of Tim
Over five-plus innings, Lincecum (6-13) was charged with five runs on nine
hits and four walks. In the six starts since his no-hitter on July 13,
Lincecum has a 5.40 ERA.
Torres had three hits and Posey had two for San Francisco, which has dropped
two straight following a three-game winning streak.
The Sox loaded the bases to start the second and got on the board with
Middlebrooks' sac fly. A balk by Lincecum allowed another run to come in and
Boston held a 3-0 lead after a two-out RBI single from Victorino.
A two-out single by Daniel Nava in the fifth extended the inning, and Drew
came through with a double into center that plated Nava and gave the Sox a
Lincecum was relieved after Jacoby Ellsbury reached him for a single to start
the fifth. Ellsbury eventually came around to score when reliever Guillermo
Moscoso had a pitch get away from him and bounce to the backstop.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had an RBI double in the ninth and later came in to
score on Nava's base hit to make it 7-0.
Lester tried for his second complete game of the season, but served up a pair
of one-out singles and was removed from the game. Brandon Workman notched the
last two outs to preserve the win.
The Red Sox made a bevy of moves on Monday, most notably selecting the
contract of highly touted shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts from Triple-A
Pawtucket. Bogaerts did not get into the game. The team also activated catcher
David Ross from the 60-day disabled list and recalled pitcher Brayan
Villarreal from Pawtucket. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, infielder Brock Holt and
pitcher Rubby De La Rosa were optioned to the Triple-A affiliate, while the
Red Sox transferred pitchers Andrew Bailey and Clay Buchholz to the 60-day
disabled list ... The Giants have lost 18 of their last 25 home games.
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