CHICAGO - A week ago Saturday, the Red Sox had hit bottom, blowing a nine-run lead while dropping their fifth in a row.
The turnaround, though, has come quickly.
The Red Sox won their sixth straight game Saturday night, shutting out the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, behind Jon Lester, who earned his first of the season with seven shutout innings.
The victory enabled the Red Sox to reach the .500 mark with a 10-10 record. By contrast, the Red Sox didn't get to .500 last year until May 15.
Lester allowed just five hits while walking one and striking out seven. Of the five hits against him, two didn't leave the infield.
In his final inning of work, the White Sox had the potential tying run on third, but Lester got Gordon Beckham to hit into an inning-ending forceout.
The Red Sox' only run came in the fourth inning when Ryan Sweeney led off with his major league-leading 11th double and rode home one out later on a single to right-center by Adrian Gonzalez.
It was the sixth time in the last seven games that Gonzalez has driven in at least one run.
Franklin Morales got the first two outs in the eighth. After walking Paul Konerko, Vicente Padilla got Alex Rios on a groundout to second.
Alfredo Aceves worked the ninth for his fifth save.
Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.
The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.
Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.
The full list of finalists is here. The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.
Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.
CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.
The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.
The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.
The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.
The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.