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Lester, Holt Lead Sox to Sweep of Rays, 7-Game Win Streak

THE HIGHLIGHTS

• The Red Sox completed the sweep of the Rays with a 4-0 win on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

• Jon Lester had a dominant outing, including seven scoreless innings, 12 strikeouts and one walk.

• Brock Holt, playing his first professional game at first base, was on base five times, tying a major league record with four doubles.

• Rookies Alex Hassan and Garin Cecchini made their major league debuts and each collected his first major league hit.

THE LOWLIGHTS

• The Sox had seven hits in the game – four by Holt, one each from Hassan, Cecchini, and another by Jonny Gomes.

• The Sox went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 runners on base.

• Dustin Pedroia was ejected after the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.

THE STARS

• Lester dominated the Rays, improving to 6-6, lowering his ERA from 3.45 to 3.14. He went seven innings, giving up four hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts. It was his second outing this season with at least 10 strikeouts and 19th of his career, passing Smoky Joe Wood for third place on the Sox’ all-time list, behind Pedro Martinez (72) and Roger Clemens (68). He recorded seven straight outs by way of the strikeout starting with the second out of the third inning. After a first-inning single by Evan Longoria he retired 12 straight batters before a fifth-inning ground-rule double by James Loney.

• Playing his first professional game at first base, Brock Holt went 4-for-4 with four doubles, a walk, a stolen base, a run scored, and two RBI. He matched his career high in hits for the second time and recorded multiple extra-base hits for the first time. Holt has reached base in 11 of his last 13 games, batting .375, going 21-for-56 with multiple hits in seven of those 13 games. He is the first major leaguer with four doubles in a game since Victor Martinez on June 1, 2010, while with the Sox against the A’s. He is the first rookie to do so since Adam LaRoche in 2004, and just the sixth Sox batter since 1914

WHAT’S HAPPENING

• The Sox have won seven in a row, sweeping three straight series, after a 10-game losing streak. They tied a major league record for wins after a double-digit losing streak, with the 1989 Tigers and 1942 Pirates.

• The Sox improved to 20-7 when scoring first, 15-17 at home, and 12-17 against the AL East.

AROUND THE BASES

• Cecchini and Hassan are the first pair of Sox rookies to make their big league debuts in the same game since Sept. 5, 1993, when Greg Blosser and Jeff McNeely did so, and the first pair to make their debuts and record a hit in the same game since Sept. 28, 1975, when Steve Dillard and Andy Merchant did so.

• Dustin Pedroia snapped a 19-game on-base streak. He went 0-for-2 and was ejected by home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.

• Shortstop Stephen Drew is expected to be called up on Monday.

• Outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava is expected to be called up on Monday.

• Cecchini will be optioned back to Pawtucket.

TRAINER’S ROOM

• Mike Carp will be placed on the disabled list with a fractured right foot suffered when he was hit by a pitch on May 27 in Atlanta.

• First baseman Mike Napoli, on the DL since May 24, with a left finger sprain, is expected to be activated when he is eligible on June 8, when the Sox are in Detroit.

• Right fielder Shane Victorino, on the DL since May 24 with a right hamstring strain, is just beginning base running. There is no timetable for a return for him yet.

• Right-hander Clay Buchholz, on the DL since May 27 with a hyperextended left knee, will throw the sim game on Monday in Cleveland.

• Left-hander Felix Doubront, on the DL since May 21 with a left shoulder strain, has thrown two bullpen sessions but there is no plan yet for him to begin a rehab assignment.

• Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, on the DL since May 17 with a fractured right index finger, will soon begin baseball activities.

UP NEXT

On Monday, the Sox begin a three-city, nine-game, 10-day home stand. John Lackey (6-3, 3.27 ERA) gets the start on Monday, opposed by the Cleveland Indians' Justin Masterson (2-4, 5.21).

Lackey started against the Indians once last season, going seven innings, giving up one run on two hits at Fenway. That game snapped a streak of three straight starts against the Indians in which he had given up five or more runs. In 17 career starts against Cleveland, he has a 3.98 ERA, allowing 48 earned run in 108 2/3 innings.

In his last start, Lackey went 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Braves with no walks and nine strikeouts.

Masterson is 0-3 with an ERA of 8.84 in his last four starts.

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