Orioles - 000 010 002 - 3 7 2Lester (7-5-1-1-7, 100) stymied the Orioles yet again -- and his teammates struck early for an easy victory.
Red Sox - 400 020 03x - 9 14 0
Lester loaded the bases in the top of the first with one out, but got Adam Jones to GIDP to wriggle out of danger. After that, he was solid. Jones was the first of 10 straight batters Lester set down through the fourth. He gave up a run on three hits in the fifth, and retired his last seven batters. Ramon Ramirez and Robert Manuel finished up.
RBI doubles from Kevin Youkilis, J.D. Drew (2 RBI), and Daniel Nava gave Boston a 4-0 lead in the first. Yook blasted a hanging slider over the Wall for a two-run dong in the fifth. Two more run-scoring doubles in the eighth, from Mike Cameron and Ortiz, along with two errors pushed the Sox's lead to 9-1.
In addition to his two doubles, Ortiz also singled, walked and scored twice. Drew doubled, singled twice, and walked. Nava had two hits and Eric Patterson singled, walked, and scored twice.
The Yankees scored 11 runs in the third inning this afternoon and beat the Blue Jays 11-3. The Rays beat the Twins 8-6. The East standings remain the same: Red Sox 0.5 GB, Rays 2 GB.
Jeremy Guthrie / Jon Lester
Guthrie and Lester faced each other on June 5, when Boston scored six runs in the ninth and won 8-2. Guthrie also started in Fenway on April 23.Scutaro, SS
Boston is 0.5 GB New York.
Blue Jays/Yankees, 1 PM
Rays/Twins, 4 PM