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The offense is still in stuck in first gear, but the Red Sox' starting pitching continues to hum along quite nicely.
Jon Lester tossed six shutout innings as the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4-3, Friday night, for their third consecutive victory.
Since last Saturday, the Sox are 6-1. In that span, the starters have a collective 1.17 ERA, with no starter allowing more than two runs in an outing.
The Red Sox had just five hits on the night, but bunched together a few and got some help from the Angels' porous defense.
Lester looked very good last night (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K), even though the Angels made him work to get the win to go to 2-1. Lester's pitch count rose quickly but still proved he still had it even after 111 pitches, with his 111th pitch being a strikeout of Vernon Wells.
Albers returned from the DL and looked just ok, giving up one run on two hits in the seventh. Then Bobby Jenks, once the sure arm in the pen, almost blew it in the 8th. Jenks gave up two runs (one earned), cutting the Sox lead to one run at 4-3. Pap stopped all of the bleeding, and recorded his fifth save of the season in as many tries.
No matter how they won, all that matters is they won. The Sox have won 3 straight, and 6 out of their last 7 (3.5 GB).
Related links: ESPN Boston: Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 4, Angels 3
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