Jon Lester had never faced the Los Angeles Dodgers before, and he handled their lineup with ease.
The left-hander pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, Jonny Gomes’ three-run homer capped a four-run first, and the Boston Red Sox won 4-2 on Saturday, snapping the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak.
Mike Napoli homered with two outs in the 11th inning to help the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-7 on Sunday night.
Boston righthander Clay Buchholz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and struck out 11 as the Red Sox blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Sunday at Fenway Park.
The longest home sellout streak in major pro sports history ended Wednesday night at 820 games for the Boston Red Sox. The official attendance for the game against the Baltimore Orioles was 30,862. The capacity for night games at Fenway Park is 37,493.
By Howard Ulman
The Red Sox have acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal.
BOSTON — David Ortiz, the face of the Red Sox since helping Boston end an 86-year World Series drought in 2004, has finalized a $26 million, two-year contract. The soon-to-be 37-year old Ortiz attended a Fenway Park news conference Monday to announce the agreement, which includes bonuses that could raise the value to $30 million. [...]
The Baltimore Orioles clinched their first playoff berth since 1997, extending their winning streak to four by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Sunday as Nate McLouth, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis hit solo homers.
As a tumultuous and disappointing season draws to a close, the Boston Red Sox are starting to see hopeful signs for the future.
Pedro Ciriaco drove in the tiebreaking run with a two-out double in the ninth inning Saturday, Cody Ross hit a solo homer and the Red Sox won their second straight, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2.