Mazz: 'This was a big money performance'

Mazz: 'This was a big money performance'
October 29, 2013, 12:00 am
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The Red Sox are one game away from winning the World Series after a 3-1 win over the Cardinals Monday night.

They can thank a few people in particular for the win — David Ortiz, David Ross, Jon Lester, and Koji Uehara.

But Lester in particular really answered the call of duty Monday night by throwing 7.2 innings of one-run ball.

Gary Tanguay and Tony Massarotti discuss the game, and Lester's performance, on Playoff Central.

"You want to talk about a well-pitched game, as a staff tonight, 106 pitches combined, Lester and Uehara, they retired 16 of the final 17 batters of the game," Mazz said. "That's after the home run by [Matt] Holliday. Phenomenal, absolutely phenonimal. If you're talking about Lester now, this further validates him as a big-game pitcher."

Lester gave up his first career World Series run Monday night, a solo home run to Matt Holliday. But that was the only real blip on the radar. He struck out seven Cardinals. He's now the second lefty in Red Sox history to win three World Series. Some guy named Babe Ruth is the other.

"His ERA career in the World Series is under 0.5 I think it is, under 0.5," Mazz said. "And career in the postseason, 11 starts, 1.99. Money. This was a big-money performance by Jon Lester. Wainwright was better tonight. The Red Sox had burned their bullpen a little bit the last couple of nights because Peavy and Buchholz didn't go deep into the game. So what does Lester do? He takes you into the 8th with two outs. You cannot overstate this performance. Phenominal. Phenominal."