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Sun, 06/27/2010 - 7:01pm  

Lester goes the distance in win

In a battle of aces Jon Lester came on top, leading the Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Giants in the teams series finale, Sunday at AT&T Park in San Francisco. With the Sox' bullpen having been taxed the night before, Lester went the distance, notching his second complete game of the season (and sixth for his career). The lefty allowed just one, first-inning run, striking out nine while limiting the Giants to five hits. He retired 17 of the last 18 San Francisco hitters.


San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum went just three innings -- tying his career low -- allowing four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four in a 79-pitch outing. David Ortiz got things off on the right foot against last season's National League starter in the All-Star Game, launching a solo home run into McCovey Cove beyond the right field wall. It was just the sixth home run allowed by Lincecum this season.


The Red Sox continued to put the pressure on Lincecum in the second inning with Lester helping himself out by sending a 3-1 fastball from the SF starter to the warning track with the bases loaded, bringing in Victor Martinez with the Sox' second run. Marco Scutaro followed with an RBI single, giving the visitors a two-run advantage.


Bill Hall notched the first of his two hits on the day in the third inning, claiming an RBI double. Hall and Scutaro were the only two with multiple hits for the Red Sox, who struck out a season-high 14 times against the Giants' six pitchers.


Adrian Beltre, who came into the game in the seventh inning for defensive purposes, capped the scoring with a ninth-inning solo home run into the left field seats.


One negative for the Red Sox came in the second inning when Victor Martinez took a Pablo Sandoval foul ball off his already injured left big toe in the second inning, ultimately forcing him from the game.


The Red Sox finish their inter-league schedule having gone 13-5.



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