June 1: Rays (23-34) 0, Red Sox (27-29) 4
Jon Lester struck out 12 Tampa Rays batters in seven shutout innings to help the Boston Red Sox to a 4-0 victory at home. Youngster Brock Holt had a huge 4-for-4 game, knocking in two runs, scoring once and working a walk.
Boston threatened right from the start of the game in the first inning as it loaded the bases with two outs, but failed to score. An Alex Hassan strikeout looking ended things.
Lester dominated on the mound throughout as his fourth inning set the stage for the rest of the game. He struck out the side – setting down Evan Longoria, Jerry Sands and Sean Rodriguez swinging in a total of 13 pitches.
Boston got all the runs it would need in the bottom half of that same inning when Jonathan Herrera sacrificed a run home on a fly ball to left and Holt connected on an RBI two-run double – his third double in as many at-bats.
In the seventh, the Red Sox added their final run of the game when Garin Cecchini doubled home Holt on a fly ball to left.
Holt added his fourth and final double of the game in the bottom of the eighth to complete his perfect 4-for-4 game.
In the ninth, Koji Uehara came in to retire the Rays 1-2-3 and solidify the Red Sox’s shutout victory. Uehara’s ERA as a reliever now sits at 0.76 on the season.
Lester evened his record at 6-6 with the win. He walked one batter in his seven dazzling innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.15.
On the other side, Erik Bedard losseed for the fourth time this season with three runs allowed and four walks surrendered. He struck out four and gave up five hits.
Important things to note: Neither team had any success with runners in scoring position in the game as the Rays were 0-for-10 and the Red Sox 2-for-14 … Strikeouts ran high in this game as the Tampa Bay pitching staff collected 10 and the Boston group tallied 14 of its own.