Lester dominates as Sox beat Orioles, 6-2

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Lester dominates as Sox beat Orioles, 6-2

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

BALTIMORE -- Someday, maybe, the Baltimore Orioles will figure out a way to beat Jon Lester.

Maybe.

For now, Lester is literally unbeatable to the Orioles. He limited them to two runs over eight innings in a 6-2 victory to improve his lifetime mark to 14-0 in 17 career starts against them with a 2.33 ERA. The 14 wins represent the longest winning streak for any active pitcher against one team.

The Sox snapped a 2-2 tie in the seventh when Dustin Pedroia -- who had been 1-for-20 before that at-bat -- scored Carl Crawford from third on an infield dribbler. Boston added to its lead in the eighth with an RBI-single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a two-run single by Jacoby Ellsbury.

The top three hitters in the Red Sox order -- Ellsbury, Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez -- combined for eight hits and five RBI on the night. Ellsbury enjoyed his second consecutive three-hit game.

Lester allowed four hits and two runs over eight innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak and left the Sox with a 6-3 mark on their three-city, nine-game road trip.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Lester allowed two runs over eight innings to improve to 3-1 this season and 14-0 lifetime against the Orioles.

The night began ominously for the lefty, who allowed a walk and two singles to the first three hitters he faced. But after allowing a run on the second hit, he got himself out of the jam and allowed just one more run the rest of the way -- a solo homer to Vladmir Guerrero in the sixth.

HONORABLE MENTION: Adrian Gonzalez
Gonzalez had three hits -- including two doubles -- and drove in two runs. The first baseman has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and has eight RBI in that span.

Gonzalez is one of just two Red Sox regulars to be hitting over .300 this season (.308); Jed Lowrie is the other.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Mike Gonzalez
Baltimore lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez came in with a runner on and no out in the eighth and allowed three of the four hitters he faced to reach. Two later scored.

TURNING POINT
Jarrod Saltalamacchia's bases-loaded single in the eighth increased the Red Sox lead from a run to two runs.

BY THE NUMBERS
Adrian Gonzalez had two doubles Thursday and four in the series, giving him 10 through 24 games.

QUOTE OF NOTE
"It ticked me off a little.'' -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Orioles' decision to intentionally walk J.D. Drew in the sixth to get to him.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.