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Lester wins third straight start as Red Sox shut down Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Terry Francona was as efficient with his words as Jon Lester was with his pitches.

"Lester was good, OK was good, Pap was good," he said, referring to his three pitchers. "I want to watch the game."

Before Francona flipped on the TV to watch the Celtics' bid for the NBA title, Boston's manager was reminded of the kind of outing that won the Red Sox the World Series last year.

Lester struck out five over seven shutout innings and Coco Crisp homered to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

"I think his confidence is growing," Francona said of Lester. "It looks like he's trying to grow up as a major league pitcher."

Lester (6-3) never got into any serious trouble and won his third straight start.

Lester, who tossed a no-hitter this season against Kansas City and got the Game 4 victory as Boston completed a World Series sweep of Colorado last October, gave up six hits and walked only one. He has allowed three runs or less in each of his last 10 starts and 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA over that span.

"It seems like every start, things are getting better," Lester said. "Walks are going down, I'm more around the zone with better command of my stuff. I have the confidence to throw any pitch, any time."

Lester peered over reporters' heads to catch a glimpse of the NBA Finals halftime show.

Crisp gave him all the offense he needed with a two-run homer in the second inning off left-hander Jamie Moyer (7-4). Julio Lugo added an RBI double in the sixth.

Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 20th save.

Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell finished 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts against three Boston pitchers.

Burrell was impressed with Boston's lefty starter.

"We hadn't seen him before and he's pretty good," he said.

Historically known as a power team, this year's lineup is more like the Speedy Sox. They matched a club record with six stolen bases from Crisp (two), Lugo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Sean Casey, and Dustin Pedroia.

The three-game series between interleague division leaders ends Wednesday.

Moyer had his five-game win streak snapped and lost for the first time since May 10. He never found a groove in five shaky innings, and walked a season-high five -- as many as he walked in five May starts.

"Without command for me, it makes it a real difficult night," he said.

Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels predicted the two teams would meet again this season in the World Series. This one certainly had a Fall Classic feel with a sold-out stadium and a breeze that rippled the flags and cooled the crowd.

Lester took care of silencing Philadelphia's bats. He held the Phillies' potent 3-4-5 combo of Utley, Howard and Burrell to an 0-for-9 and five strikeouts. Howard went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts a night after he homered twice in the Phillies' 8-2 win.

Lester's toughest jam came in the seventh when he allowed back-to-back singles with two outs. But Carlos Ruiz weakly grounded into a forceout at third to end the small rally. That was all for Lester's outing.

Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless eighth, fanning Utley with a runner on third. Utley was 0-for-4.

"We didn't have a whole lot of opportunities and we didn't do anything with the ones we had," Burrell said.

Crisp hit a two-run shot, his fifth, to left in the second for a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox left two more runners on base when Moyer struck out J.D. Drew to end the inning.

Lugo hit a two-out, full-count RBI double that scored Crisp for a 3-0 lead in the sixth.

Notes

  • Red Sox RHP Bartolo Colon was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff lower back. Boston recalled RHP Chris Smith from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Colon's spot.
  • Injured RHP Curt Schilling was sent back to Boston for an examination with team doctors. Schilling, on the 60-day DL since spring training with shoulder weakness, will have his shoulder examined by medical director Dr. Thomas Gill.
  • Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis didn't start for the second straight game because of muscle spasms in the middle of his back.
  • The Red Sox stole six bases for the second time this season.
 
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Jon Lester strikes out five over seven shutout innings for his sixth win of the season. (AP)
Jon Lester strikes out five over seven shutout innings for his sixth win of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Lester
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
Boston

C. Crisp
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS3011221 .276
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4010102 .269
J.D. Drew, RF4000113 .315
Manny Ramirez, LF4010001 .295
    Jacoby Ellsbury, LF1000001 .283
Mike Lowell, 3B3010103 .275
Jason Varitek, C3000123 .245
Sean Casey, 1B3110101 .371
Coco Crisp, CF4222013 .262
Jon Lester, P3000011 .000
   a- Brandon Moss, PH1000010 .257
    Hideki Okajima, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Totals3337378  
a-struck out for Lester in the 8th
Batting
2B - Julio Lugo (11, Madson)
HR - Coco Crisp (5, Moyer)
RBI - Julio Lugo (15), Coco Crisp 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Lugo (5)
SB - Julio Lugo (9, 3rd base off Moyer/Ruiz), Dustin Pedroia (7, 2nd base off Moyer/Ruiz), Jacoby Ellsbury (34, 2nd base off Condrey/Ruiz), Sean Casey (1, 2nd base off Seanez/Ruiz), Coco Crisp 2 (12, 2nd base off Madson/Ruiz, 3rd base off Madson/Ruiz)
CS - Jacoby Ellsbury (4, 3rd base by Condrey/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Lowell-Pedroia-Casey, Lowell-Casey
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester (W,6-3) 7600150 3.18
Hideki Okajima (H,14) 1100020 2.97
Jonathan Papelbon (S,20) 1000030 2.01
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 99-68, Hideki Okajima 17-11, Jonathan Papelbon 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 7-7
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 26, Hideki Okajima 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3020100 .289
Shane Victorino, CF4010002 .281
Chase Utley, 2B4000013 .299
Ryan Howard, 1B4000041 .221
Pat Burrell, LF4000030 .284
Jayson Werth, RF4020010 .270
Pedro Feliz, 3B3020000 .260
Carlos Ruiz, C3000003 .226
Jamie Moyer, P1000000 .154
   a- So Taguchi, PH1000000 .210
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Coste, PH1000010 .308
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
Totals32070110  
a-lined out for Moyer in the 5th
b-struck out for Seanez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (16, Okajima)
SB - Shane Victorino (14, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek)
Team LOB - 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (L,7-4) 5422541 4.09
Ryan Madson 2211110 3.28
Rudy Seanez 1000130 2.28
Clay Condrey 1100000 3.95
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 106-57, Ryan Madson 41-24, Rudy Seanez 23-12, Clay Condrey 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 8-3, Ryan Madson 2-3, Clay Condrey 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 24, Ryan Madson 9, Rudy Seanez 4, Clay Condrey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45160
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Mike Winters