Satisfied Lester records first win

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Satisfied Lester records first win

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester had been here before: low-scoring game, tough opponent, no margin for error.

In his first two starts this season, Lester had the misfortune of drawing Justin Verlander and Ricky Romero as his opponents, and lost despite pitching well.

On Saturday, the run support wasn't much better, but Lester made the one run he got stand up against Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox, 1-0.

He went seven innings and allowed just five hits while walking one and striking out seven.

"Really, any win is satisfying,'' said Lester after the Red Sox had run their winning streak to six straight. "Those games are fun. It's just a battle. I've been on the other end of those and you feel like you do everything you can to put yourself in a position to win and the other guy just does a little bit more.

"That was big tonight. These are fun. Every win is important for a pitcher.''

"He didn't really struggle with anything tonight,'' said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "Even when he fell behind, we felt like we were pretty good and he could throw any pitch and be OK.''

Lester's toughest inning came in the first when he threw 32 pitches, issued his only walk and had to work out of a second-and-third jam with two outs.

"I was just missing on the corners,'' said Lester, "and ended up having to pitch behind a little bit. You have those times during the game when you get into jams and you have to make some pitches.''

That scenario presented itself again in the seventh, Lester's final inning when he was nearing 120 pitches. Two infield singles helped give the White Sox runners at the corners and Dayan Viciedo stood at third, representing the tying run.

But he got Gordon Beckham on a forceout for his final out and turned the game over to the bullpen.

With Peavy matching him pitch-for-pitch, Lester couldn't afford to make any mistakes.

"You can't really worry about that,'' Lester said. "You have to go out and keep throwing stirkes, keep throwing the ball down in the zone. More often than not, if I just do my job and not worry about how many runs we score and prevent them from scoring runs, more often than not, I'm going to be on the better side of things.

"It just so happens this season, I've run up against guys who have been going good. That's the nature of the beast sometimes.''

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz 'not demoralized'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz 'not demoralized'

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies:

 

QUOTES

"Yeah. Dave (Dombrowski), and I and Carl (Willis), we always have conversations about every guy, so this will be no different. We know that Eddie (Rodriguez) is ready to come back to us, but there's been no decision made as of right now.'' - John Farrell, asked whether the team intends to assess Clay Buchholz's spot in the starting rotation.

"(I'm) not demoralized. The team's still winning. I'm basically the only one that's struggling. . . The other guys are doing a really good job of picking up the slack that I'm leaving behind.'' - Buchholz.

"That's out of my pay grade; I can't worry about that. I'm here to pitch. If I don't have a spot, that's part of it. As they say, if you don't like it, pitch better. That's what it comes down to.'' - Buchholz.

"It was a fun ride. I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed it. Most of all, the team played really well during it. I was blessed to be in this situation.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on the end of his 29-game winning streak.

"I'm very proud of myself. To be able to get the opportunity to go this far, it's a blessing. I wouldn't say I'm disappointed. Obviously, you want to get a hit, but it's tough getting a hit day-in, day-out. It was a pretty special run for me.'' - Bradley.

 

NOTES

* Jackie Bradley Jr's 29-game hitting streak came to an end. It's tied for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 19 games, now the longest such streak in the big leagues.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base via a walk or a hit in each of his last 15 starts.

* In David Ortiz's last 15 games, he has 16 extra-base hits and 20 RBI.

* The Red Sox have scored 51 runs in the first inning over 47 games, an average of 1.09 per first inning.

* Ortiz (double, homer) passed Ty Cobb to move into 13th place on the all-time extra-base hit list.

* Ortiz set a personal record by knocking in multiple runs for the fourth straight game.

* The three homers allowed by Clay Buchholz were a season-high.

 

STARS

1) Jon Gray

Gray earned the first road win of his career by going 7 1/3 innings and blanking the Red Sox after the first inning.

2) Dustin Garneau

The Colorado catcher set a career best with six total bases, hitting a two-run homer in the fifth and a double in the ninth.

3) David Ortiz

Ortiz homered in the first inning to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead four batters into the game, then chipped in with a leadoff double in the fourth.