Game 51: Red Sox look to build on yesterday's win
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The Red Sox will aim to build on yesterday's come-from-behind win at Turner Field in Atlanta and complete a 2-game sweep of the Braves in Atlanta.
The Sox will look for a strong outing from ace Jon Lester (4-6, 3.36 ERA), who gave up 7 runs in 2 innings during his last outing. Aside from 2 rough outings, Lester has been good this year, giving up 3 or fewer runs in his other 8 starts. The one potentially tough spot for Lester against the Braves will be Justin Upton, who has been a tough out for lefty pitchers (12-30, 6 HR's and 9 BB's this year). Upton also got the better of Jon Lester the last time he faced Lester in 2010 when he hit a 2-run home run while playing for the Arizona D-Backs.
The 3 keys for the Sox on offense will be Brock Holt (.322 this year), Dustin Pedroia (tied for league lead w/ 16 doubles), and David Ortiz (4 RBI's in the game yesterday). They will look to spark the rest of Red Sox lineup against Aaron Harang (4-4, 3.32), who has struggled against AL clubs, posting a 4.56 ERA in 56 games against AL teams. The Red Sox will look to keep that trend going tonight.
Red Sox Lineup:
Bradley Jr. CF
Stats and lineup per MLB.com