Sox shrug off rain, Athletics, 9-3

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Sox shrug off rain, Athletics, 9-3

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON The Red Sox and As played just seven innings of their hurricane-induced doubleheader before rain delayed play. They resumed play just long enough for the Sox to take a 9-3 win.

Jon Lester earned the victory, improving to 14-6, with a 3.09 ERA. He went six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He also improved his career record against Oakland to 3-3. The As were one of just two American League teams (with the Twins) against which Lester had a losing record.

The Sox put runs on the board in each of the first five innings, including three runs in the second and third innings. Jason Varitek, who had a two-run homer in the second and an RBI single in the fifth, fell one RBI short of his season high, which he set with four in Toronto on June 11.

David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Guillermo Moscoso took the loss for the As, falling to 6-8 with a 3.80 ERA.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Lester went six innings, before a 45-minute rain delay at the start of the seventh inning, the first of two delays before the game was called. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts, and one home run to Brandon Allen. It was Lesters third consecutive win. He has given up just three hits in each, while going seven, six, and six innings, respectively. With the win, Lester improved his career record against Oakland to 3-3. The As were one of just two American League teams (with the Twins) against which Lester had a losing record.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jason Varitek
Varitek went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. In the three-run second inning, he hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-out, two-run shot into the Sox bullpen, scoring Josh Reddick, who had walked. Varitek added an RBI single. His three RBI are one short of his season-high four, which he recorded on June 11 in Toronto.

THE GOAT: Guillermo Moscoso
The As right-hander lasted just four innings, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and two walks, with no strikeouts, and one home run. He allowed the Sox to score in each of his four innings, including three runs in the second and third. After the As tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the second, Moscoso allowed the Sox three runs in the bottom of the inning, all with two outs, giving his team a whole it couldnt escape. The outing is his shortest of the season.

THE TURNING POINT
With the score tied, 1-1, entering the home half of the second inning, the Sox scored three runs, creating an insurmountable deficit for the As. With two outs, Josh Reddick walked before Jason Variteks ninth home run of the season, into the Sox bullpen. Mike Aviles singled and scored on Jacoby Ellsburys double.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1
The Sox win, combined with a hurricane-induced off-day for the Yankees, the Sox take a 1 -game lead over the Yankees heading into their three-game set beginning Tuesday at Fenway.

QUOTE OF NOTE:
I dont think theres any way we would do anything different in the first game. I mean, if we have a chance to win a game, youre going to see Bard and Pap. I dont care if its snowing. Thats whats going to happen. If were losing well try tono, theres no reason to try to do anything different. If were losing, you try to stay away from the guys you want to pitch when you're winning. -- Terry Francona on his approach to managing a doubleheader with impending weather issues

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Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

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