Victor Martinez And Jon Lester Help Sox Pull Closer To Rays

Martinez homers twice, Red Sox beat Rays 3-1


AP Baseball Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Jon Lester pitched seven strong

innings and Victor Martinez homered twice off All-Star David Price,

helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Friday night

to tighten the AL wild-card race.

Lester (14-8) rebounded from the worst outing of his career to

win for the third time in four starts. The left-hander walked five

and uncorked three wild pitches, but also struck out 10 while

limiting the Rays to two hits and an unearned run.

Martinez hit two-out solo homers off Price (15-6) in the first

and seventh. David Ortiz doubled and scored on Jed Lowrie's two-out

single off the left-hander to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the



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