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BoSox pick up 10th straight win, rookie Lester stays perfect

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox gave Pedro Martinez a warm welcome back while trampling his New York Mets teammates like the rest of the National League.

Mike Lowell and Alex Gonzalez homered to back rookie Jon Lester on Tuesday night and the Red Sox beat New York 9-4 for their 10th consecutive victory -- all in interleague play. Martinez, who won two Cy Young awards and a World Series in Boston, will try to end his former team's streak on Wednesday when he starts at Fenway Park for the first time as a visitor.

"It will be a little distracting" to face Martinez, said Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who greeted Martinez when he visited the Boston clubhouse before the game. "I'll swing hard just in case I hit the ball."

Martinez was treated to a highlights video after the first inning, and the fans called him out of the Mets dugout with a standing ovation and chants of "Pedro!" He popped to the top step to wave and mime a hug.

"It was emotional - unless you don't have a heart," he said. "It was better than I thought. I thought some people would still be bitter."

Lester (3-0) eked out five innings, allowing two runs and four hits with five walks - one with the bases loaded. He struck out Chris Woodward with the bases loaded in the fourth and fanned David Wright on a 3-2 curveball with the bases loaded in the fifth, hopping off the mound and punching the air as he left the field.

"It definitely helps your confidence when you do work out of it," he said. "I wish I hadn't had to go through it, but in the long run this will be good."

Carlos Beltran went 2-for-2 with two walks and a homer, and Carlos Delgado and Eli Marrero also homered for the Mets. Alay Soler (2-2) gave up eight runs and 10 hits and walked three in 4 1/3 innings.

"I was behind every hitter," Soler said. "I was trying to make my pitches to the bottom of the lineup, and the guys I needed to get out I couldn't."

The Red Sox swept three-game series against the Braves, Nationals and Phillies -- all teams with double-digit deficits in the NL East -- and improved to 12-1 in interleague play. But Boston was expecting a bigger challenge when the first-place Mets came to town.

Soler had only allowed four earned runs in his previous three starts before running into trouble from the start on Tuesday, throwing 42 pitches in the first inning.

Kevin Youkilis doubled to lead off the first, Manny Ramirez walked with two outs and they scored on Jason Varitek's double. Gonzalez doubled and scored in the second, and Boston made it 5-2 in the fourth when rookie left fielder Lastings Milledge lost Ramirez's fly ball in the lights for a two-run double.

In the fifth, Lowell homered with one out, Coco Crisp singled and Gonzalez followed with a two-run shot that made it 8-2. Gonzalez, Boston's No. 9 hitter, is 13-for-29 over his last seven games.

The Mets left the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth, and gave away another run when Jose Reyes was thrown out at the plate for the second out in the fifth, crumpling to the ground after colliding with Varitek.

Reyes stayed on the dirt in obvious pain while the Mets trainers attended to him; after a few minutes, he walked off cradling his left arm. But he took the field for the bottom of the fifth.

Notes

  • The Red Sox went their 14th game without an error, the longest streak in the majors this season. The AL record is 15.
  • In a pregame ceremony, the Red Sox honored the 1986 AL champion team that blew a chance to win the World Series against the Mets when Mookie Wilson's grounder went between Bill Buckner's legs. Former Mets 1B Keith Hernandez, now a broadcaster with the team, watched the ceremony on television from the media dining room.
  • Delgado's 390th career homer tied Graig Nettles for 46th on the all-time list.
  • Boston OF Wily Mo Pena (hand) is scheduled to for a minor-league rehab stint later in the week. LHP David Wells (knee) is expected to join the Red Sox in Tampa Bay next week.
  • Mets RF Xavier Nady left the game with a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch in the sixth.
 
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Ex-Marlins Alex Gonzalez and Mike Lowell provide four hits and three RBI against the Mets.  (Getty Images)
Ex-Marlins Alex Gonzalez and Mike Lowell provide four hits and three RBI against the Mets. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

C. Beltran
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5000011 .297
Paul Lo Duca, C5120000 .282
Carlos Beltran, CF2121202 .291
Carlos Delgado, 1B3111102 .262
David Wright, 3B3000123 .332
Julio Franco, DH3001110 .306
Xavier Nady, RF2000003 .267
   a- Eli Marrero, PH-RF1111000 .222
Chris Woodward, 2B4000024 .238
Lastings Milledge, LF3000001 .250
Totals314645616 
a-homered for Nady in the 8th
Batting
HR - Carlos Beltran (21, Tavarez), Carlos Delgado (21, Lester), Eli Marrero (5, Hansen)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (60), Carlos Delgado (54), Julio Franco (12), Eli Marrero (13)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (19), Eli Marrero (2)
CS - Carlos Beltran (3, 2nd base by Lester/Varitek)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Woodward-Delgado
New York Mets
Alay Soler (L,2-2) 4.11088302 4.68
Heath Bell 2.2200030 2.29
Duaner Sanchez 1311020 2.59
IBB - Ortiz by Alay Soler
HBP - Nixon (by Alay Soler)
Pitches-Strikes - Alay Soler 107-56, Heath Bell 44-29, Duaner Sanchez 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alay Soler 3-10, Heath Bell 3-1, Duaner Sanchez 1-0
Batters Faced - Alay Soler 27, Heath Bell 9, Duaner Sanchez 6
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5110011 .313
Mark Loretta, 2B5121011 .318
David Ortiz, DH3210211 .267
Manny Ramirez, LF4122102 .302
    Gabe Kapler, PR-LF0000000 .500
Trot Nixon, RF4021001 .329
Jason Varitek, C5012023 .250
Mike Lowell, 3B4121002 .311
Coco Crisp, CF4120001 .289
Alex Gonzalez, SS4222001 .267
Totals3891593513 
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (21, Soler), Mark Loretta (18, Soler), Manny Ramirez (11, Soler), Trot Nixon (20, Sanchez), Alex Gonzalez (10, Soler)
HR - Mike Lowell (9, Soler), Alex Gonzalez (4, Soler)
RBI - Mark Loretta (32), Manny Ramirez 2 (53), Trot Nixon (40), Jason Varitek 2 (36), Mike Lowell (40), Alex Gonzalez 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Loretta (21), Manny Ramirez 2 (21), Trot Nixon (20), Jason Varitek 2 (21)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Manny Ramirez 1
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester (W,3-0) 5422551 2.95
Julian Tavarez 2111011 5.70
Craig Hansen 1111001 7.71
Mike Timlin 1000000 1.73
HBP - Milledge (by Jon Lester), Nady (by Julian Tavarez)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 116-72, Julian Tavarez 33-21, Craig Hansen 11-6, Mike Timlin 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 7-1, Julian Tavarez 1-4, Craig Hansen 3-0, Mike Timlin 2-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 23, Julian Tavarez 8, Craig Hansen 4, Mike Timlin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36250
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Bill Welke