Jon Lester gave up just one hit in six innings with nine K’s for the Boston Red Sox to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 yesterday at Tropicana Field. The Sox have won their last 7-of-8 with hopes to earn their third consecutive victory in St. Petersburg tonight. They will then travel home to host the Kansas City Royals for four games starting Thursday, May 27th.
Manny Delcarmen, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon split the rest of the work on the hill for the remaining nine outs to complete the shutout. Manager Joe Maddon and Carl Crawford were both ejected after arguing a called strike in the fifth inning. “If the plate is in the other batter’s box, then it’s a good pitch,” said Crawford. “It went back and forth. He didn’t want to back down, and I definitely wasn’t going to lose a trash-talking contest.”
Boston’s only run production came in the third inning when David Ortiz drove in JD Drew and Kevin Youkilis with a double to deep left-center. There were just five hits produced between both teams through nine innings. Don’t miss your Boston Red Sox as they prepare to welcome the Royals and Oakland Athletics next week at Fenway Park!