Game 161: Red Sox at Orioles

Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (97-63)
Victorino CF
Drew SS
Pedroia 2B
Napoli DH
Gomes LF
Nava RF
Snyder 1B
Ross C
Middlebrooks 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (15-8, 3.67).

ORIOLES (83-77)
Roberts 2B
Hardy SS
Davis 1B
Jones CF
Wieters C
Valencia 3B
Markakis RF
Pearce DH
Pridie LF
Pitching: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 4.03).

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Chen: Pedroia 9-16, Middlebrooks 6-14, Gomes 2-11, Ortiz 2-10, Ellsbury 3-10, Victorino 4-7, Napoli 3-8, Ross 1-7, Nava 2-5, Drew 1-4, Salty 2-5, Berry 1-4, Lavarnway 1-3, Snyder 0-3.

Orioles vs. Lester: Markakis 14-63, Jones 15-50, Roberts 9-43, Wieters 14-42, Hardy 6-24, Davis 3-22, Valencia 4-14, Casilla 0-8, Pearce 0-6, McLouth 0-6, Johnson 2-3, Morse 0-3, Snyder 0-3.

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Stat of the Day: The Sox have 1,291 strikeouts, a franchise record. But six other teams have more strikeouts this season. The Astros lead the majors with a record 1,510.

Notes: The Sox are two games up on the Athletics in the race for best record in the American League with two games to play. Either a Red Sox win or an Athletics loss at Seattle gives the Sox home field advantage throughout the playoffs and a Division Series matchup against the wild card card winner starting on Friday. … Lester is 7-2, 2.29 in 12 starts since the All-Star break. Lester is 15-3, 2.80 in 24 career starts against the Orioles but 1-3, 4.13 in his last four. … Chen 2-2, 5.08 in six career starts against the Sox, 0-2, 8.04 in three starts this season. … Napoli is 17 of 50 (.340) with 11 extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in his last 17 games. … Drew is 14 of 43 (.326)with 10 extra-base hits in his last 12 games. … The Sox haven’t won 98 games since 2004. Only five teams in franchise history have won 98 or more games. … The Sox are 8-9 against the Orioles with two games left. … The Sox are 17-7 in September.

Song of the Day: “We Take Care of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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