The Boston Red Sox and two pitches combined to shutout the Seattle Mariners in a 4-0 victory Monday night out in Seattle. The Red Sox and Mariners opened up a three game series and the Red Sox grabbed game one of the series with out much problems. It was a big win for the Red Sox who remained 1.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays who also won on Monday night.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester pitched 7 1/3 innings to get the win and improve to 8-3 on the year. Lester pitched good as he gave up eight hits but zero runs while striking out six Mariners. One key for Lester was that he did not walk any batters. Jonathan Papelbon tossed 1 2/3 innings to get the save which was his 29th of the season.
Jason Varitek got the Red Sox scoring started in the 5th inning when he hit a two run home run and Coco Crisp scored as well. Jed Lowrie scored Kevin Youkilis and Crisp in the 8th inning on a two run single to left field. That was enough runs the way Lester and Papelebon were throwing the ball.
The Red Sox need to keep on winning out in Seattle to stay close to the Rays. I think they will sweep the Mariners actually. What do you think?
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