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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lester pitches another gem; Sox skim Seattle 4-0

July 21, 2008. SEATTLE, WA - - Jonathan Lester took his traveling road show to Seattle and put in another excellent performance. Lester (8-3) was born in nearby Tacoma and starred at that city's Bellarmine Prep high school. He said distractions and expectations may have been part of the reason for pitching poorly here.

"It's nice to come back home and pitch halfway decent," he said.
Lester struck out six and walked none in 7 1/3 innings. He allowed eight hits, the final one a hard one-hopper off his right shin. He left the game with a trainer and the bases loaded but did not appear injured while watching from the bench as Jonathan Papelbon got Raul Ibanez to ground into a double play.

Before Monday, his ERA in two starts in Seattle was 8.10, his worst against any AL opponent.
Rookie Jed Lowrie hit a two-run single in the eighth and Manny Ramirez, the designated hitter in the absence of David Ortiz, had three singles to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Boston won for just the third time in 13 road games to remain 1½ games behind first-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.

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