action:article | category:SPORTS | adString:SPORTS | zoneID:40

Home » Sports

June 28. 2013 12:30AM

Red Sox top Toronto as Lester posts win

BOSTON — A bounce-back performance from Jon Lester and one big inning was all the Red Sox needed to take care of the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night.

But it might have come at a cost.

Lester, pitching his best game since May 15, tossed seven-plus strong innings as first-place Boston held off the Blue Jays 7-4 in the opener of a four-game weekend series. But Lester was forced to leave the game in the eighth inning after jamming his right hip. Boston officials said after the game the injury does not appear to be serious.

Lester's status is important because Clay Buchholz, the other half of the Red Sox' one-two punch at the top of the rotation, is already on the disabled list.

Dustin Pedroia capped a seven-run second inning with a two-run homer and that was all for the Boston offense, which went scoreless in 6 1/3 innings against the Toronto bullpen.

Lester, who started the season by going 6-0 in his first nine starts, won his second straight to go to 8-4, pitched well in this one. He gave up five runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings at Detroit last weekend and came into Thursday night's game 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA in his last seven starts.

But he beat the Blue Jays, winners of 15 of their last 19, for the third time this season. Lester, who pitched a one-hit shutout against Toronto on May 10, took a no-hitter into the fifth inning Thursday but gave up three hits and two runs with a double by Maicer Izturis accounting for the Blue Jays scores.

Lester was charged with four runs in seven-plus frames but two of his inherited runners scored in the eighth.

Junichi Tazawa finished the eighth and new closer Koji Uehara picked up his second save in as many nights by working his second perfect ninth inning in a row.

Chien-Ming Wang (1-1) lasted only into the second inning for the Blue Jays as the first seven Red Sox reached base in the inning.

The loss dropped the last-place Blue Jays 7 and 1/2 games behind Boston in the crowded American League East.

Wang, who came in with 16 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run, worked a typical Wang inning -- three groundouts in the first inning. He should have called it a night right there.

David Ortiz led off the second with a walk and Mike Carp followed with another walk. Daniel Nava singled off the left-field wall for the first run and Jarrod Saltalamacchia then singled in the second. Right fielder Jose Bautista then played Stephen Drew's drive into a double making the score, 3-0.

Jose Iglesias followed with his 15th infield hit of the season to put the Red Sox up 4-0.

Jacoby Ellsbury singled in another run before Pedroia deposited his first homer in 111 at-bats into the first row of the Green Monster seats in left field.

Lester issued walks in the first and fourth innings, but Edwin Encarnacion grounded into double plays after both.

Earlier in the fourth inning, Drew charged Jose Reyes' shattered-bat grounder and threw Reyes out.

The Jays broke through in the fifth when, with one out, Melky Cabrera broke up the no-hitter with a clean single. One out later, Rajai Davis dropped a single into right field. Izturis, who had the only hit off Lester in the one-hitter pitched by the lefty May 10, then doubled to left-center and the score was 7-2.

NOTES: An MRI of Buchholz's pitching shoulder showed bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa sac. No word on how long Buchholz, who last pitched June 8 and has worked twice since May 22, will be out. ... Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli, who has one extra base hit since June 1, got the night off, with Mike Carp getting the start. ... Toronto RHP Josh Johnson goes for his second American League win when he faces Boston rookie Allen Webster in Game 2 of the series Friday night. The weather is threatening for the entire weekend. A mist fell through the game Thursday night.

  • Should public schools in NH provide students with firearms safety instruction?
  • Yes
  • 65%
  • No
  • 35%
  • Total Votes: 1958
 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

New OT rule in AHL generating buzz

Slam thunk! Sarah Silverman nearly hit by basketball at Knicks game... but luckily John McEnroe is there to shield her

Spurs' Matt Bonner will wear new Adidas Crazy 8 shoes for Christmas game

Jason Saltmarsh: Runners should never have to pay for their race photos

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Former New Hampshire goalie DeSmith tells his side of arrest, dismissal from team

NH hockey team moving to Maine could be worth at least $1 million in economic activity say city officials

New owners of Claremont plan to put speedway back on track

Speedway in Claremont bought for nearly $519,000

Lebanon marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials

Matt Bonner talks about the end of the run, making the simple play, and playing until he's 40

Ex-UNH goalie agrees to diversion,receive counseling, avoids jail

Wildcats will face Chattanooga in prime time

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies teaches supporters how to believe

Helmetless Football? Its the new practice at UNH


DeSmith officially dismissed from New Hampshire team, but can return to class as of Dec. 20

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15), of Concord, N.H., shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second half at TD Garden.

Rapper Lil B gives shoutout to…Matt Bonner?

Manchester Central's Tyler Stratton watches his shot get by Spaulding High School (Rochester) goalie Derek Scott during a shootout at the 2012 Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic hosted at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

VFW downsizing threatens Spaulding hockey due to loss of venue for Bingo fundraisers

Eagles notes: Kelly committed to current job

5 face riot charges in beating incident at football game

Ayotte rips top sports league commissioners for snubbing hearing on domestic violence

Manchester Monarchs sign Josh Gratton to AHL contract


 New Hampshire Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory