Strong pitching by Jon Lester and a 3-run homer by Jonny Gomes helped power the Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers to even the series at a game apiece.
Coming on the heels of John Lackey's tremendous outing on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, Lester (pictured) allowed one run on just three hits over 7.1 innings. He walked four and struck out six in improving his record to 12-7.
Boston pushed all four runs across in the top of the first inning off Los Angeles rookie starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. With one out, Mike Napoli singled to drive in Shane Victorino. Jonny Gomes followed with his eleventh home run of the season (pictured)
driving in Dustin Pedroia and Napoli.
Pedroia had two hits in the win; Gomes added three of his own. Rookie Xander Bogaerts picked up his first Major League hit when he singled to right field in the top of the ninth inning. He had entered the game as a defensive replacement as a part of a double switch in the bottom of the eighth.
It was the first time the Red Sox have ever beaten the Dodgers in Los Angeles in five tries. The last time the Boston won at Dodger Stadium was on July 31, 1965 in a game against the Los Angeles Angels.
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