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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lester silences potent Phillie's bats 3-0

June 17, 2008. Philadelphia, PA. Jonathan Lester pitched seven strong innings, allowing six hits and walking only one, improving his record to 7-3. He has allowed three runs or less in each of his last 10 starts and is 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA over that span. Lester struck out five over seven shutout innings and Coco Crisp homered to lead the Bosox to a 3-0 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night. "I think his confidence is growing," Francona said of Lester. "It looks like he's trying to grow up as a major league pitcher."

"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. Papelbon struck out the side in the 9th 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.

The Red Sox went wild on the basepaths, stealing a total of 6 bases. Jacoby Ellsbury stole his league-leading 34th base; was caught attempting to swipe 3rd base though, the 4th time a pitcher has nabbed him.

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