Lester pitched seven strong innings to
remain undefeated against Baltimore in 12 career decisions, Kevin
Youkilis homered and drove in three runs and the Boston Red Sox beat
the Orioles 9-3 on Saturday night.
"Obviously it would be nice," said
Lester, who had his 10th win in 11 decisions. "Never been. I would like to
go. If I end up going, I'll be very excited and it'll be an honor."
Lester (10-3) is 12-0 against
Baltimore in 15 starts, matching Red Faber's mark as the best start to a
career against the Orioles organization. Faber did it in 1914-16,
according to Elias Sports Bureau. He gave up a run and five hits,
striking out seven and walking one.
Manager Terry Francona said it would
mean a lot to him if Lester was selected to the All-Star team.
Red Sox catcher Kevin Cash, who was
with the club in 2007-08 before being reacquired from Houston on
Thursday, was amazed how much Lester's improved with an added pitch.
"He was outstanding," said Cash, who
has become the No. 1 catcher after injuries to Victor Martinez and Jason
Varitek. "He's a different pitcher with a changeup. I didn't see that
the last stint I was here. He was outstanding all night."
Boston has won 17 of its last 19 games
in Fenway Park against the Orioles.
J.D. Drew had three hits and drove in
pair of runs with a first-inning double after connecting for a two solo
homers in Boston's win on Friday night.
"When you see him hit the ball to
left field, he's feeling pretty good about himself," Francona said.
Drew had two singles to left on
Saturday after a pair of homers over the Green Monster on Friday.
With the aid of video review, Jake
Fox hit a two-run homer in the ninth for Baltimore. The ball was
originally ruled off the top of the wall, but the call was overturned.
Baltimore interim manager Juan Samuel
was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt in the eighth inning for
his first ejection with the Orioles.
With Lester's success against
Baltimore and the way the Red Sox have dominated the Orioles in Fenway
Park, it looked like a mismatch — and it was early.
The Red Sox jumped ahead 4-0 against
Jeremy Guthrie (3-10) in the first. Youkilis had an RBI double. Drew
followed with a two-run double into the gap in right field. One out
later, Daniel Nava had a run-scoring double over the head of right
fielder Nick Markakis.
The Orioles loaded the bases against
Lester in the first, but Adam Jones bounced into an inning-ending
"We had Lester in the first inning
and he got off the hook," Samuel said. "You have to get these guys when
you have the opportunity, but we didn't do that."
The Orioles cut it to 4-1 on Corey
Patterson's RBI single in the fifth.
Youkilis belted his 16th homer, a
drive that bounced off an advertisement above the Monster seats, to make
it 6-1 in the fifth.
Guthrie gave up six runs and nine
hits, walked three and struck out one in four-plus innings. The middle
of Boston's order did most of the damage, with the Nos. 3-5 hitters
going 6-for-7 with five runs and five RBIs.
"It's not a good way to start the
game," Guthrie said.
The Red Sox scored three runs off
reliever Frank Mata in the eighth.
Guthrie lost his sixth straight
decision and was short on run support again. The Orioles have scored
just 17 runs in his last seven starts.
Lester's streak is the longest
current active winning streak against any team. … Red Sox RHP Clay
Buchholz, pushed back a few days after straining his left hamstring last
Saturday against San Francisco, threw from 90 feet on Saturday. His
next start is planned for either Monday or Tuesday, but Francona said:
"He's going to have to be as close to 100 percent as he can be." … Red
Sox CF Mike Cameron was back in the lineup after being a late scratch
Friday with abdominal soreness. "He's not 100 percent," Francona said.
"I don't think people realize what he's going through to be able to
play." Cameron missed 34 games with an abdominal strain earlier this
season and may need surgery when the season's over. … Samuel said he
expects Felix Pie, on the 60-day DL with an upper back strain, to be
activated and rejoin the team Monday in Detroit. He played nine innings
with Double-A Bowie on Friday. … Francona also said an MRI on RHP
Manny Delcarmen's strained right forearm showed no structural damage. He
was put on the 15-day DL Friday.