Jon Lester threw 8¹⁄³ shutout innings en route to a 7-0 Boston Red Sox win over the Giants at AT&T Park on Monday.
The Red Sox left-hander pitched masterfully, holding the Giants to four hits over his first eight innings of work at China Basin. He surrendered a pair hits in the ninth before handing the keys over to Brandon Workman, who recorded the last two outs.“All of [Lester’s] pitches seemed to be working,” Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said. “He kept people off balance, couldn’t really get the good part of the bat on the ball for most of the night.”
With the loss, the last-place Giants are 16-25 against left-handed pitchers. They have dropped 18 of 30 games since the All-Star break.
The Red Sox jumped on Giants starter Tim Lincecum in the second inning, loading the bases with two singles and a walk before Will Middlebrooks' sacrifice fly to right, scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Lincecum balked as he wound up to throw his next pitch, bringing in Daniel Nava from third base to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. The right-hander halted his delivery after his right cleat got caught in the dirt in front of the rubber.“Foot slipped,” Lincecum said.
Shane Victorino drove in the third run of the inning, slapping a two-out, line-drive single up the middle that scored Stephen Drew.
Victorino reached base four times in five trips to plate, going 3-for-4 with a hit by pitch in the sixth.
The Red Sox added a run in the fifth with a pair of two-out hits. First, Nava reached base for the third time with a single to center and Drew brought him in with a double off the wall in center.
Lincecum (6-13) left the game in the sixth after Jacoby Ellsbury led off the inning with a single to right. Ellsbury eventually scored on a two-out wild pitch by reliever Guillermo Moscoso.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner allowed five earned runs on nine hits in five-plus innings of work. In his last two starts, he's 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA.“My secondary stuff wasn’t biting the way it usually does,” Lincecum said. “Change-ups were kind of rolling into the zone as opposed to coming down and away as they usually do.”
The Red Sox scored two more runs in the ninth with a stand-up triple from Dustin Pedroia, a double from Saltalamacchia and a single from Nava.
Nava finished the night 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Andres Torres, who entered the game batting .176 since July 1, picked up half of the Giants' hits, smacking singles in the fourth, sixth and eighth. Buster Posey went 2-for-4 and Hunter Pence had the other hit.“He’s been scuffling, so good for him, he got some base hits,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Torres. “We need him from the right side. Since the All-Star break he’s been working hard trying to find it. Tonight, he did what you’re hoping your leadoff hitter [does] -- get on. He threw out a nice game.”
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