Game over: Red Sox 7, Giants 0: Jon Lester pitched one of his best games of the season, taking a shutout into the ninth inning as the Red Sox beat the Giants, 7-0, before a crowd of 41,585 at AT&T Park.
With Tampa Bay beating Baltimore, 4-3, the Red Sox maintained a one-game lead in the division.
Lester (11-7) scattered six hits, walked two and struck out three. He threw 115 pitches over 8.1 innings. Brandon Workman finished the game.
The rest of the Sox seemed to have plenty of energy as they collected 11 hits off Tim Lincecum (6-13) and two San Francisco relievers. Shane Victorino and Daniel Nava were each 3 for 4 with an RBI.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Giants 0: Pedroia tripled, Saltalamacchia doubled and Nava singled of Jose Mijares. Lester back out to try to finish off his shutout.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 5, Giants 0: Lester put two runners on but got Scutaro to ground into a double play to end the inning. He’s at 107 pitches.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Giants 0: Lester is working on a three-hit shutout. The Sox offense has quieted down against Moscoso.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Giants 0: Ellsbury singled and Lincecum was replaced by Guillermo Moscoso. He hit Victorino before Pedroia grounded into another double play. A run scored on a wild pitch.
Line for Lincecum: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. He has a 5.40 ERA in six starts since his no-hitter.
The Giants mounted their first real threat when Brett Pill walked with one out and took second on a single by Torres. Lester got former teammate Marco Scutaro on a fly ball to right field before Brandon Belt flied to left to end the inning
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Giants 0: Nava (2 for 2 with a walk) singled with two outs and scored on Drew’s double to center. Middlebrooks was intentionally passed again and Lester fanned looking.
Pence reached on a Drew error. Pedroia and Drew then turned a slick double play on Sandoval before Francoeur grounded out to Middlebrooks.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Giants 0: Victorino (3 for 3) singled with one out but the struggling Pedroia grounded into a double play. Lester lost his perfect game when Torres led off with a single. But he retired the side from there.
13 career innings at AT&T Park for Lester, 1 earned run.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Giants 0: Salty walked and Nava singled with one out. After Drew grounded out, the Giants intentionally walked Middlebrooks to get to Lester and he grounded out to second.
Lester then retired the side in order. Nine up and nine down for the big lefty.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Giants 0: Salty (who is making himself a lot of money) led off with a single. Nava walked then Drew singled to load the bases. Middlebrooks did his job with a sacrifice fly to right field. Nava went to third on the play and scored when Lincecum stumbled on the mound and balked. Lester bunted Drew to second. Ellsbury then reached on catcher’s interference for the fourth time this season. That paid off for the Sox when Victorino singled in a run. Lincecum is already at 45 pitches.
Lester retired the side in order again. He has thrown 25 pitches.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Giants 0: Lincecum worked around a one-out double by Victorino. Pedroia struck out and is now now 26 of 123 (.211) since the All-Star break with .572 OPS over 137 plate appearances.
Lester retired the Giants in order.
Pre-game: Good evening from beautiful AT&T Park and tonight’s game against the Giants. It’ll be Jon Lester against Tim Lincecum.
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