Red Sox - 003 010 201 - 7 12 1Lester (7-2-0-3-8, 104) retired the first 12 Yankees and did not allow a hit until there was one out in the sixth. For those who care about such things, Lester is now 19-8, with one start remaining.
Yankees - 000 000 021 - 3 4 0
Boston battered Nova in the third, as Ryan Kalish was hit by a pitch, Daniel Nava walked, Lars Anderson singled, Marco Scutaro singled (1-0), J.D. Drew GIDP (2-0), Victor Martinez walked, and David Ortiz singled (3-0).
In the fifth, Drew doubled and Ortiz (facing Royce Ring) singled him home. Drew and Martinez hit back-to-back home runs to bnegint he seventh to boost the score to 6-0. The Red Sox got a run off Joba Chamberlain in the ninth as Jed Lowrie and Kalish hit consecutive doubles.
The win brought the Red Sox 5.5 GB the Yankees in the Wild Card, with eight games to play. The Rays beat the Mariners 9-1, increasing their AL East lead to 1.5 games.
Jon Lester / Ivan Nova
After being released by the Cardinals, infielder Felipe Lopez rejected a waiver claim by the Padres and signed with the Red Sox. He is in uniform today.Scutaro, 2B
In 109 games with St. Louis, Lopez hit .231/.310/.340. Since Lopez, 30, will likely be a Type B free agent this winter, if Boston offers arbitration and Lopez declines, the team would receive a supplemental draft pick. I cannot think of any other reason to have him around.
At 7 PM: Mariners/Rays.
1965 - Satchel Paige, at age 59, starts and pitches three innings for Kansas City. It is his first major league appearance in 12 years and he allows only one hit, a double to Carl Yastrzemski. The Red Sox win 5-2.