Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (75-54)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (8-10, 3.22).
M Ellis 2B
Pitching: RHP Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.60).
Game time: 10:10 p.m.
TV/radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Nolasco: Victorino 6-37, Drew 11-21 (3 HR), Ortiz 1-4, Pedroia 1-5, Salty 1-4, Gomes 0-3, Middlebrooks 0-3, Nava 2-3, Ellsbury 0-2, Ross 1-2.
Dodgers vs. Lackey: Ellis 16-62, Crawford 21-45 (2 HR), Punto 4-24, Uribe 7-22, Ethier 4-13, Gonzalez 6-14, Hairston 3-9.
Stat of the Day: The switch-hitting Shane Victorino has been batting righthanded against righthanders because of a sore left hamstring. He is 11 of 34 with three extra-base hits batting righthanded against righties.
Notes: The Sox took two of three from the Giants but have lost five of eight overall. They start the day with a one-game lead on the Rays … The Dodgers lead the NL West by 9.5 games. They are 28-5 since the All-Star break and 45-10 since June 22. The Dodgers were once 30-42 before turning their season around … The Sox are 5-4 against the Dodgers all-time and are at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 2002 … The Sox are 11-4 against NL teams this season, outscoring them, 95-36 … Lackey is 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA in 10 career appearances against the Dodgers, the last coming in 2009. Lackey is 17-8, 3.11, in 35 interleague games … Nolasco is 4-1, 2.98, in eight starts with the Dodgers since behind obtained from the Marlins. Nolasco faced the Sox twice last season when he was with Miami. He was 0-2 and allowed 12 earned runs over 9.1 innings … Victorino is 11 of his last 22 with four extra-base hits and three RBIs … Daniel Nava is 10 of his last 20 with five doubles and five RBIs … Jarrod Saltalamacchia has a nine-game hitting streak and is 13 of 36 over that stretch with 6 doubles, 7 RBIs, and 8 runs … Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .239/.271/.283 in his last 10 games.
Closing time: Koji Uehara has appeared in 17 games since the Red Sox named him closer. His line: 26.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 36 K. He has thrown 19.1 consecutive scoreless innings since July 6. Opponents are 6 of 62 against him in his last 17 games.
Song of the Day: “It Was A Good Day” by Ice Cube.