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Boston's Lester goes eight scoreless in torching heat to beat Rangers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jon Lester didn't let the 102-degree Texas heat and an upset stomach spoil his start.

Lester pitched eight scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox stopped the AL West-leading Rangers 3-1 on Saturday.

Lester (13-7) stayed ahead of a potent lineup throughout, mixing four pitches to scatter five hits while striking out five and walking none. The All-Star left-hander threw 109 pitches while experiencing nausea due to the heat.

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"We needed him to go out there and pitch exactly like he did," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "I think the heat got to him a little bit. He was queasy and a little sick to his stomach. ... I don't think he felt good all night, but he said something about it in the sixth."

The Red Sox hoped for a lengthy outing from Lester because top relievers Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard were unavailable after pitching in the previous two games.

Lester was up to the task, and he even wanted to take a shot at his third complete game of the season before he was overruled by his manager.

"I try to finish the game every time I pitch," Lester said. "Obviously I know what the situation is and it would be nice to go deep in the game, but you're not out there trying to press and say, 'I got to do this.' I was just trying to take it one pitch and one inning at a time and I was able to do that tonight and give the bullpen a little break."

Boston has scored only eight runs during Lester's last six starts. This time, he didn't need much support.

"We needed this game. ... and the next game. We need every game the rest of the year," Boston's Bill Hall said.

Josh Hamilton homered with one out in the ninth off Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison. Hamilton went 2 for 4, raising his major league-high average to .364.

Rookie Felix Doubront got the final two outs for his first career save.

Colby Lewis (9-9) struck out nine and walked two while allowing one run and six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He lost his fourth consecutive decision.

Like Lester, run support has been a recent issue for Lewis, who's lost his last four starts. Texas has scored seven runs in his last five starts.

"You've got to roll with the punches," Lewis said. "If I go out there and give a quality start and keep my team there, we're one swing away from getting a win."

Boston ended a two-game skid a day after Texas' 10-9 victory in 11 innings in which the Rangers rallied from a season-high six-run deficit.

In the Red Sox fifth, Ryan Kalish had a leadoff single, went to second on a passed ball by Taylor Teagarden, advanced to third on Marco Scutaro's infield single and scored on J.D. Drew's bloop single for a 1-0 lead.

Texas had a chance to draw even in the seventh when Nelson Cruz tripled with one out. But Lester retired David Murphy and Jorge Cantu on groundouts.

Cruz slowed while running to third, and was lifted from the game at the end of the inning with tightness in his left hamstring.

Cruz will be evaluated on Sunday. He's already already made two trips to the disabled list this season with strains of both hamstrings.

Hall's RBI single in the ninth off Darren O'Day stretched Boston's advantage to 2-0. That stopped O'Day's club-record scoreless streak of 29 games, a span of 26 1/3 innings.

Boston made it 3-0 on Scutaro's sacrifice fly, with Scutaro safe at first when Texas center fielder Julio Borbon dropped the ball.

The Red Sox were without center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who went on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season with more bruising of his left ribcage.

Ellsbury underwent an MRI exam and CT scan in Boston on Saturday, with the diagnosis that he reinjured his ribs in a collision at first base in the first inning on Friday night.

Notes

  • The teams wrap up the three-game set Sunday, which is projected as one of the hottest days of a scorching North Texas summer with a predicted high temperature of 105.
  • Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg and team president Nolan Ryan participated in the ceremonial first pitch in recognition of major league approval of the new ownership group on Thursday. Greenberg did the pitching and Ryan, the Hall of Fame RHP, was the catcher. Ryan made a short-hop scoop of Greenberg's low pitch.
  • Texas C Matt Treanor will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.
  • The Rangers placed 2B Cristian Guzman on the 15-day DL with a strained right quadriceps and recalled RHP Pedro Strop from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
  • Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia went 1 for 3 on Saturday night in a rehab assignment as Triple-A Pawtucket beat Buffalo, 6-4. Pedroia is on schedule to be activated from the 15-day DL next week in his comeback from a broken bone in his left foot.
  • Boston C Victor Martinez went 0 for 4 to snap an 11-game hitting streak.
 
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Jon Lester gives up just five hits in a sharp outing, with temperatures reaching 102 degrees. (AP)
Jon Lester gives up just five hits in a sharp outing, with temperatures reaching 102 degrees. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Lester
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
Texas

C. Lewis
IP 6.2
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 9
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marco Scutaro, SS3011110 .269
J.D. Drew, RF5011013 .264
Victor Martinez, C4000102 .281
David Ortiz, DH5010013 .261
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010000 .329
Mike Lowell, 1B4110022 .248
Ryan Kalish, LF3220110 .326
Bill Hall, 2B4021014 .246
Eric Patterson, CF4010024 .222
Totals36310339  
Batting
2B - Mike Lowell (8, O'Day)
SF - Marco Scutaro (3)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (39), J.D. Drew (57), Bill Hall (37)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew (17)
SB - Bill Hall (5, 2nd base off Lewis/Teagarden)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Hall-Scutaro-Lowell
E - Adrian Beltre (16, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester (W,13-7) 8500050 2.80
Scott Atchison (H,4) 0.1211001 3.98
Felix Doubront (S,1) 0.2000010 4.74
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 109-66, Scott Atchison 13-9, Felix Doubront 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 11-7
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 28, Scott Atchison 3, Felix Doubront 1
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS4010000 .274
Michael Young, 3B4000002 .288
Josh Hamilton, CF-LF4121000 .364
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4010011 .297
Nelson Cruz, RF3020001 .320
    Julio Borbon, CF0000000 .266
   a- Mitch Moreland, PH1000010 .303
David Murphy, LF-RF3000003 .273
Jorge Cantu, 1B3000012 .263
Taylor Teagarden, C3000031 .114
Andres Blanco, 2B3010000 .232
Totals3217106  
a-struck out for Borbon in the 9th
Batting
3B - Nelson Cruz (3, Lester)
HR - Josh Hamilton (26, Atchison)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (80)
SB - David Murphy (8, 2nd base off Lester/Martinez)
CS - Vladimir Guerrero (5, 2nd base by Doubront/Martinez), Andres Blanco (2, 2nd base by Lester/Martinez)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Blanco-Teagarden-Cantu
PB - Taylor Teagarden (2)
E - Julio Borbon (3, Dropped fly)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Colby Lewis (L,9-9) 6.2611290 3.28
Alexi Ogando 1.1000000 1.03
Darren O'Day0322000 1.53
Matt Harrison 1100100 3.84
IBB - Martinez by Matt Harrison
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 117-73, Alexi Ogando 12-5, Darren O'Day 15-10, Matt Harrison 14-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 2-9, Alexi Ogando 1-3, Matt Harrison 2-1
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 28, Alexi Ogando 4, Darren O'Day 3, Matt Harrison 5
Game Information
Attendance - 48030
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 102
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Brian Gorman