Red Sox - 000 201 100 - 4 8 1 Cubs - 000 000 300 - 3 8 1Lester (6.2-7-3-1-8, 102) pitched extremely well - striking out six Cubs in his second time through the lineup - for six innings, but was hit for a three-run bomb from Luis Valbuena with one out in the seventh.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - in his first career start as a cleanup hitter - hit a two-run dong (#12) in the fourth, after David Ortiz had doubled. Salty also doubled and walked. And Ortiz walked twice in addition to his two-bagger.
After a walks to Flo and Salty in the sixth, Will Middlebrooks greeted reliever Randy Wells with an RBI single. In the seventh, Mike Aviles doubled and scored on Scott Podsednik's second single of the night.
Scott Atchison recorded the final out of the seventh. Vicente Padilla breezed through the eighth (L7, K, K) and Alfredo Aceves slammed the door in the ninth (1B, K, 543DP).
Jon Lester / Jeff Samardzija
Podsednik, LFHappy Bloomsday!