Diamondbacks - 020 000 000 - 2 6 0Lester: 7-4-2-3-7, 103. Three of the four hits he allowed came in the second inning. After that, Lester allowed only one hit over his last 21 batters (5.2 innings) faced. There were three walks and a HBP within that 21-batter stretch, but the only threat came in the fourth, when Arizona (trailing 4-2) had the bases loaded and one out. Lester struck out Rusty Ryal and got Chris Snyder to fly to center.
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Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run home run in the first. He also singled and stole second to begin the third. David Ortiz followed that with a walk and, with two outs, J.D. Drew's double scored FY and Adrian Beltre's second single of the night brought home Flo. Kevin Youkilis jacked a two-run dong in the seventh (Ortiz was aboard).
Marco Scutaro singled twice, Ortiz walked twice and singled. FWIW, Victor Martinez had three fly outs to the warning track. (Also, FWIW, Mark Grace, the "analyst" on the D'backs' FSN affiliate, is a Sutcliffian* moron. His stupidity is actually scary.)
* I think I just invented a useful word.
Daniel Bard had an easy eighth, but Ramon Ramirez allowed a walk and a single to start the Snakes' ninth. Ram2 got two fly outs from the 8/9 hitters before Tito handed the ball to Jonathan Papelbon, who retired Kelly Johnson on a fly to Darnell McDonald in left.
It was Arizona's 12th straight road loss -- a new franchise record.
The Rays lost 6-2 and the Yankees lost 6-3 (Burnett: 3.1-6-6-4-3, 87), so the Red Sox are now 3 GB.
Rodrigo Lopez / Jon Lester
Lester gave up six runs in six innings in his last start, but he still has a 1.96 ERA over his last 10 starts (since April 19).Scutaro, SS
Also at 7 PM:
June 16, 1938: Jimmie Foxx of the Red Sox is walked intentionally by the Browns in all six of his plate appearances. It is an American League record for a nine-inning game and ties the NL mark set by Walt Wilmot of the Chicago Colts on August 22, 1891. (The post-1900 NL record is five, held by many players.)