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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Jon Lester, Red Sox Bullpen Shutdown White Sox

On a blistering cold night in Chicago, the Red Sox came away on a scorching six game win streak--putting them at .500 (10-10) for the first time this season.

The story of the 1-0 victory was obviously the pitching, with Jon Lester shutting out the ChiSox for seven innings but the White Sox' starter Jake Peavy was pretty good himself.

Peavy made just one mistake all night, an RBI single up the middle from Adrian Gonzalez with Ryan Sweeney on second base. Other than that, the righty was electric--throwing 117 pitches in the complete game loss.

Jon Lester was a little better but just a bit shorter in his first win of the season, allowing 5H, 0ER, 1BB, 7K in 7 IP.

The Red Sox bullpen continued its recently solid ways, locking down the nail-biter with two solid innings from Franklin Morales, Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves for the save.

Aceves appeared to be overthrowing again the ninth--he hit 97 on the gun--but his stuff was far crisper tonight on the way to his fifth save in seven opportunities.

Tonight's win was the sixth straight for a Red Sox team that had been 4-10 entering the win streak, an encouraging sign for Bobby Valentine and his group. They look to extend the streak to seven with Josh Beckett facing Gavin Floyd on Sunday.

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