Game 56: Lester nearly perfect, dominates Rangers


Final - 6.6.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Boston Red Sox 0 1 0 0 3 4 0 0 X 8 9 0
WP: Jon Lester (5 - 5)
LP: Derek Holland (1 - 3)

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You know who's kind of good? That Jon Lester guy.

Yeah, pretty good. He just two-hit the Rangers Saturday night. Was almost perfect -- almost. He gave up one run, walked one and struck out 11.

Geez. Maybe he's better than good.

Here's a plus: unlike some previous games, the offense showed up again. Mike Lowell and David Ortiz each homered. Say what? Yes, Ortiz homered. He's now on pace for four home runs (maybe 4.5). Dustin Pedroia and Jason Bay each had two RBIs and Kevin Youkilis had one.

The bullpen, as well, was just awesome. They pitched a combined ... wait a second. They didn't pitch at all. Huh. Funny. I'm so used to writing, "the bullpen pitched a combined X innings and allowed no hits and struck out 38." But tonight they didn't need to work with Lester on the mound.

Sox look to win the series on Sunday with Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound. The Rangers send out Vincente Padilla.

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