Game 31: A's at Red Sox - Lester looks to sustain momentum vs. A's
Jim Monaghan Contributing Writer
The Boston Red Sox stopped the bleeding from Thursday's doubleheader loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with a resounding 7-1 win over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Friday night. Dustin Pedroia helped power the offense with his 6th-inning grand slam, the 100th home run of his career.
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Jon Lester, coming off a 7-inning loss to Toronto in his last start, is 2-4 on the season but with the Boston offense only supplying him with a team-low 2.43 runs per game, the 4 losses can be a bit deceiving. He'll be opposed by Oakland lefthander Tommy Milone.
In his career against the Athletics (12 starts), Lester is 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA.
Here's the Red Sox (14-16) lineup for this afternoon's game (first pitch - 1:35 pm ET):
1) Pedroia, 2B 2) Bogaerts, SS 3) Ortiz, DH 4) Napoli, 1B 5) Gomes, LF 6) Sizemore, CF 7) Middlebrooks, 3B 8) Bradley, RF 9) Ross, C Lester, P
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