Lester gave up five runs once again; that makes three times he's given up five or more in his five 2009 starts so far. The lefty hurler continues to strike out batters, though, as he has rung up 33 in those five starts.
Good thing for Boston the bullpen was nothing short of perfection: Lopez, Delcarmen, Okajima, and Papelbon came in and only allowed one hit over four innings while striking out five and walking five. Papelbon continues to stay perfect in 2009 and is now six-for-six in save chances while posting a 1.74 ERA.
Plus, the bats continued to stay hot last night as well, as the offense posted another six-run performance. Mike Lowell continues his monster April; he knocked in a double and RBI. Jason Varitek did the same.
But the star of the night was Jonathan Van Every. This young man must feel great wearing a Red Sox uniform for the second time in his young career; he went two-for-four, including the game-winning home run in the tenth inning. And to boot, his defensive skills were just as impressive, as he made a diving catch in foul territory to make the Sox regret ever dropping him.
"Clutch" is the best descriptor of Van Every's game, as I recall him walking off with a game-winning single last September versus the Yankees to end the season with a win.
The Red Sox look to stay hot tonight versus the Tampa Bay Rays, who have slowly slipped their way down to last place in the AL East after such a stellar start to 2009. Josh Beckett will take the mound versus Matt Garza in another pitching duel at Tropicana Field tonight.