Rangers - 000 000 040 - 4 10 1Lester pitched at least seven innings for the seventh straight start (7.1-7-3-1-6, 108) and earned his 10th win in his last 10 Fenway Park starts (dating back to April 29).
Red Sox - 024 020 00x - 8 12 0
Two of the three runs charged to Sid scored on a home run allowed by Mike Timlin. Justin Masterson pitched the ninth, allowing a leadoff double and a walk, but then starting a 1-6-3 double play and getting a foul pop-up.
Back-to-back two-run doubles from Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay gave the Red Sox a nice third-inning cushion. Jed Lowrie added a two-run two-bagger in the fifth.
Yook doubled in each of his first three at-bats. Bay and Lowrie each had a single, double, walk, and 2 RBI. Dustin Pedroia doubled and singled.
The Yankees lost to the Twins 4-2 this afternoon to fall 8.5 GB Tampa Bay and 6 GB the Red Sox in the Wild Card race. ... Tampa Bay leads Oakland 1-0 in the 1st.
Luis Mendoza (7.50, 57 ERA+) / Jon Lester (3.23, 139 ERA+)
Mike Lowell has been put on the disabled list.
Terry Francona said Lowell
got looked at today, he got an MRI, and we're going to need to DL him. We're not going to know today or tomorrow the length of this. We're all hoping it'll be shorter, rather than longer ... The things that worry you with the oblique are -- you always hear the doctor say, when it stops hurting, wait a week -- because these things have a way of nagging.David Pauley has been recalled to work out of the bullpen. Tito:
[W]e had a lot of guys throw a lot of pitches last night. The chances are that after tonight's game, if everything goes according to plan, maybe we'll make another move.Lineup:
Also: Yankees/Twins at 1 PM and Rays/Athletics at 10 PM