Lester, Red Sox beat O's in series finale, 5-0

Lester, Red Sox beat O's in series finale, 5-0
July 28, 2013, 4:45 pm
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BALTIMORE -- Despite the difficulties the Red Sox have had against the Baltimore Orioles, the formula for beating them isn't anything novel: strong starting pitching and timely hitting.

For the second straight day, the Red Sox used both to beat the Orioles. On Sunday, it was Jon Lester tossing seven shutout innings and some clutch two-out hits that did the trick in a 5-0 victory at Camden Yards.
     
Lester allowed just four hits and walked only two while fanning eight in posting his second straight win coming out of the All-Star break.
     
After allowing a leadoff single to Nick Markakis, Lester retired the next 11 in a row. In each of his final three innings, the lefty had to work out of two-on jams.
    
Mike Napoli gave the Red Sox a quick 1-0 lead in the first off Jason Hammel when he laced an opposite-field double to right, scoring Shane Victorino.
     
David Ortiz, who found himself in the spotlight after a dugout temper tantrum Saturday night, belted a two-run homer to left in the third to push the lead to 3-0. Ortiz also added three singles, giving himself a 4-for-4 day.
     
Jarrod Saltalamacchia provided two big insurance runs in the eighth when he delivered a broken-bat single to right.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Lester won his second straight start in the second half, shutting out the Orioles for seven innings while allowing just four hits. He used his fastball more than he usually does, and it helped him rack up eight strikeouts.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Ortiz
Ortiz followed up his dugout explosion Saturday night with a four-hit day on the field, led by a two-run homer in the third inning that gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. He later added three singles for a perfect day at the plate.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Jason Hammel
Hammel lasted just 5 1/3 innings, walking a season-high five. The Orioles are 1-9 in his last 10 starts.

TURNING POINT: With the Sox holding a 3-0 lead in the sixth, the O's had runners at first and second and no outs. But Lester fanned Matt Wieters and got J.J. Hardy to hit into an inning-ending double play, with help on a fine turn by Dustin Pedroia.

BY THE NUMBERS: With the win, Jon Lester notched his 10th victory of the season -- or one more than he collected all of last year.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "After he took it on the phone (Saturday) night, he took it out on the baseball. It was good to see." -- John Farrell