Things got hairy against Wieters. The Sox’ lead was 3-0 at that point, and Wieters drove a fly ball to left field. It soared slowly, threatening to tie the game and spoil Lester’s outing, before drifting foul.
Lester gathered himself and Wieters chased after a fastball high out of the zone to strike out.
“He took some pretty good pitches off me to start with and then I had to grind back into the count,” Lester said. “I was able to get him to swing at a bad pitch. He normally doesn’t do that. I was fortunate that he did instead of fouling it off.”
He then got J.J. Hardy to hit into a double play.
For the first time in more than three weeks, Lester went seven innings.
He left Baltimore with his 10th win of the season, knowing that it not only put a brief end to the bullying the Sox had sustained from the Orioles this season (they entered 3-6 against the Birds) but that it set them up for the makeup game against the Rays.
“I think the biggest point is they’ve given us a lot of trouble this year and for us to come down here and take two out of three, especially after that series against the Rays, is big,” Lester said. “It’s big for us and it puts us in a good position to go back home.”
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