The Sox are starting a six-day road trip to Denver and San Francisco. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (43-28)
Lester LHP (8-2, 3.13).
Chacin RHP (3-6, 4.00).
Game time: 8:40 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Red Sox have won six straight, their longest streak of the season. They last won seven in a row from Sept. 8-16, 2009. The Sox and the Rays are a half-game behind the Yankees in the American League East.
Back to Coors: The Sox are in Denver for the first time since the 2007 World Series when they finished off a four-game sweep of the Rockies.
The latest on Lester: The lefty is facing the Rockies for the first time in the regular season. But he did get the win in Game 4 of the Series in 07, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings. This season, Lester is 8-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his last 11 starts.
On the road again: After their 8-1 homestand, the Sox will not play 22 of the next 31 games on the road.
Hot hitters: Pedroia (20 of 40) and Beltre (15 of 40) are riding 10-game hitting streaks. The each have driven in eight runs in those 10 games. Beltre has hit safely in 15 of the last 16 games at 22 of 65. ... Nava has reached base safely in all eight games he has played in. The Sox have won seven of those games.
That's how you spell relief: The bullpen has allowed three earned runs over 27 innings in the last nine games.
The Runnin' Red Sox: The Sox have stolen eight bases in the last five games.
Nick Cafardo and Amalie Benjamin are in Denver with the team. I'm picking them back up on Friday in San Francisco. Nick will have more on the blog later on.