Lester: 'A win's, a win, I'm not going to overanalyze'


Lester: 'A win's, a win, I'm not going to overanalyze'

BOSTON After his last outing his ninth quality start in 15 outings, but the Red Sox third loss in his last four starts Jon Lesters frustration with himself was obvious.
"I'm getting tired of the same old stuff," Lester said. "I'm making good pitches and they're getting hit. I don't know what else to do. The process is there. I'm still not getting results. It's the same book, different chapter for me."
Lester changed books Wednesday afternoon in the homestand finale against the Blue Jays. He went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits with no walks, four strikeouts, and two home runs. He earned the win as the Sox trounced the Jays, 10-4, to even his record at 5-5. This, despite snapping his string of four consecutive starts, and seeing his ERA creep up from 4.48 to 4.53.I wouldnt say I was searching for answers. I think its just more or less when it comes down to making a pitch when I have to they hit it, Lester said. And a win always takes away the questioning in the back of your mind. A wins a win. Im not going to overanalyze anything, just get ready to go in five days.Lester gave up a lead-off double to Brett Lawrie, who scored Colby Rasmus single. After that, he retired the next nine batters, before Jose Bautistas 25th home run of the season leading off the fourth. He then retired the next eight batters before Bautistas two-out double in the sixth and Edwin Encarnacions 22nd home run of the season, followed by a Ben Francisco single, before getting Yunel Escobar to fly out, ending the inning.I thought he was very good, did exactly what we need to win a ballgame, said manager Bobby Valentine. His 100 pitches were all quality. I think he might have got to the middle of the plate on a couple of pitches where he had a big lead, gave up some home runs. But you got to like what you saw today.Six runs from the Sox offense in the first inning, erasing a one-run deficit, also helped. Lester entered the game with an average run support of 4.29, the lowest among the eight starters used this season, other than Daisuke Matsuzakas 1.23.Absolutely. Run support takes the pressure of you, especially after they come out in the first and put one on the board, Lester said. Its big to have our offense go out there and do that for you. You cant ask from more from those guys.Lester threw 100 pitches, 64 for strikes. It was his third outing this season, and first since a May 30 win over the Tigers, in which he has not allowed a walk.Throwing strikes, not giving in. I think its more or less just trusting the fact that Ive got better stuff and see what happens, he said. Id rather give up a hit and make him earn it than walk him.He was pleased with his changeup.I was getting outs with it, he said. You can always second-guess when something bad happens, but I may have thrown one too many to Edwin Encarnacion. We had gotten him out a couple of times with it before but we were ahead in the count so we figured behind in the count, give it a try. It wasnt a bad pitch, just put a good swing on it, got the good part of the bat on it and hit it out. So but yeah getting early outs with it, early contact and thats all you can ask for with that pitch for me.Lester, though, didnt want to get too deep about the win. Asked if he was more satisfied with the win or his performance, he replied:I think were overanalyzing now. A wins a win no matter how you look at it.

Carrabis: Red Sox coaches were upset at John Farrell's usage of Craig Kimbrel

Carrabis: Red Sox coaches were upset at John Farrell's usage of Craig Kimbrel

Jared Carrabis says he was told that some Boston Red Sox coaches were not happy with the way John Farrell was over-using Craig Kimbrel, perhaps because he was trying to save his job.

Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Angels benefited from a fairly-new rule and relied on an old-fashioned type save to beat the Boston Red Sox.

Parker Bridwell pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings and Los Angeles scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Bridwell (2-0) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without issuing a walk.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.

"I don't care if it's old-fashioned or it's cutting edge, we need them," Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We need guys to hold leads. Most closers are primarily the one-inning guys that are in that bubble."

Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which won two of three against the Red Sox for its fifth series win in the last six.

Doug Fister (0-1) lost his Red Sox debut, giving up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He was signed by Boston on Friday after being released by the Angels.

Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight at Fenway Park after winning 10 of the previous 12. Boston remained tied with New York atop the AL East.

Bridwell was Fister's teammate at Triple-A Salt Lake before he was let go.

"That's weird," Bridwell said. "I was in the same clubhouse with him a week-and-a-half ago or whatever and we were talking pitching. I was asking him certain things he did along the game, and the next thing you know we're starting against each other on the big-league level."

After the challenge overturned Danny Espinosa's 3-6-3 double play, Los Angeles got to Fister.

"That's modern-day baseball," Scioscia said.

Fister was pleased by his first start with Boston, and 200th of his career.

"Overall, it wasn't a bad day," he said. "They just put together some timely hits and took advantage of well-placed baseballs. That's what good clubs do and that's what they did today."

Espinosa was credited with a fielder's choice and RBI after the review. Cowart followed with an RBI double and Juan Gratetrol had a run-scoring single.

"He's a bang-bang play from a scoreless outing," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Moreland homered over the Angels' bullpen in the bottom half. Bradley Jr. hit his into the center-field bleachers in the fifth.


Angels: Scioscia said LHP Tyler Skaggs was scratched from a scheduled rehab start in the Arizona League on Saturday night with soreness in his oblique and abdominal area.

Red Sox: Farrell said ace lefty David Price has a middle finger-nail issue on his pitching hand, but "is expected" to make his next scheduled start. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, on the 10-day DL with a right knee subluxation, will make a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Thursday after he felt fine following a 68-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.


The Angels recalled infielder Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake before the game and optioned RHP Eduardo Paredes there before the game.


The Red Sox put a message on the center-field board, wishing NESN analyst Jerry Remy: "Best of Luck, Jerry, on your surgery tomorrow!"

The crowd gave him a huge ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard. The popular former Red Sox second baseman (1978-84) waved.

He is being treated for cancer for the fifth time.


Nine-year-old Shea Braceland from Westfield, Mass., got a long and loud ovation when she completed a flawless rendition of the national anthem.


Angels: Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23 ERA) is set to face Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73) when the teams open a two-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday. Nolasco has lost his last seven decisions.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (9-3, 2.85) is in line to work against Minnesota RHP Jose Berrios (7-1, 2.67) when the teams open a four-game series in Fenway Monday. Sale leads the majors with 146 strikeouts.