Meet Jon Lester, the unlikely savior. With another brilliant performance, Lester put a halt to the second-half losing streak and led the Sox to a rare road win. Seven-and-a-third shutout innings with six K’s and ZERO walks. Enter Jon Papelbon for a 13-pitch, 5-out save, and the Sox have a nice one-game winning streak intact. Cutting the shaky middle relief completely out of the picture certainly helps.
To add to the unlikely events of the night, Jason Varitek hit a two-run homer, and Jed Lowrie added a couple of RBI to round out the scoring.
For comic relief, Lester had a “wardrobe malfunction” that brought Francona to the mound:
He also had manager Terry Francona and a trainer out to the mound when he tugged at the inside of his leg after a pitch in the sixth inning. A protective cup had painfully pinched a certain area. “You’ve got to wear them and sometimes they get in the way,” Lester said, with a wry smile. Francona had to laugh at that — and, for a change, at a game away from Fenway Park.
Finally, how’s the Mike Moffit character on Seinfeld for a Youk “seperated at birth?”