Friday nights rain delay caused for a Sunday double header where the Boston Red Sox really capitalized on the Tampa Bay Rays. Game 1 was decided in the bottom of the eighth when second basemen Dustin Pedroia hit a rare opposite field two-run blast to provide the Sox with a 3-1 lead. Pedroia was shocked when the ball left the park, knowing it’s just the second time in his entire baseball career for him to hit one over the right field wall. “I hit one in New York (on August 6th), but that’s a short field,” Pedroia said. “I was just trying to hit the ball in the air, and they’ve been throwing me away a lot. I just got a pitch a little up, and I just drove it.”
The story of game 2 can really be told through one name: John Lester. The 13-7 Boston starter threw for eight innings without letting up a run (allowing just two hits). Lester has been on a complete tear this summer. Since May 31st he has earned a 10-2 record with a 2.02 ERA. “He threw 30 pitches two days ago and went out and threw 100 more and gave up two hits,” said Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay. “He’s another guy that, for us, is throwing well at the right time.” Bay gave the Sox an extra run with a solo shot in the eighth.
With the way Lester and Buchholz are pitching now to complement Josh Beckett, the Red Sox starting rotation is certainly rated near the top for the league heading into the last few weeks of the regular season. Boston is now four games up on the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card standings. They are scheduled to host the LA Angels of Anaheim tomorrow at 7:10 pm.
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