Recap - San Franciscan Nights: Lester dominates G-Men
The Guru Contributing Writer
After a late night battle with the Yankees, the Red Sox traveled 3000 miles Monday to San Francisco to take on the Giants.
It would have been understandable if the Sox came out flat, but it looked as if it was the Giants that were jet lagged.
Sox starter Jon Lester (11-7) was dominant, hurling 8 1/3 strong innings, scattering six hits and striking out three as the Red Sox won 7-0.
It was Lester's first win in his last four starts.
Manager John Farrell said, "Jon was exactly what we needed tonight."
The Red Sox got to Giants former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum early, scoring three runs in the third on a single by Saltalammachia, a walk to Nava, a single from Drew and a sacrifice fly from Middlebrooks. Lincecum then stumbled on the mound resulting in a balk and another run. Victorino, who went 3-4, wrapped up the inning by driving in Drew with a single to make it 3-0.
The Sox would score runs in the fifth and sixth plus two more in the ninth.
That was all Lester would need as he cruised through eight innings before being lifted for Brandon Workman in the ninth with one out and two on.
It was a much needed win for Boston as they had dropped seven of their last 10 and cling to a one game lead on the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.
Jake Peavy will take the bump Tuesday night versus the Giants Ryan Vogelsong.