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Monday, May 5, 2008

A week can make a big difference in baseball

Last weekend the Sox were swept in Tampa Bay (16-15) so this past weekend they returned the favor by taking all three games at Fenway.

Yesterday, two young left-handers (Scott Kazmir and Jon Lester) started and Lester came out on top as Boston won 7-3.

Despite reaching 58 pitches in the second inning, Lester (2-2) gave Boston six innings of four hit, one run baseball. He gave up three walks and struck out five.

Kazmir (0-1) was making his first start of the season and he was limited to 90 pitches. He's usually a Red Sox killer but he gave up four runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Kevin Youkilis did everything for the Sox (20-13) bats. He had three hits (including two doubles and a home run), four RBIs and scored twice.

Reliever Manny Delcarmen continued to struggle as he gave up two runs while only recording an out.

Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon (9th save) each got four outs without allowing a run to sew it up for Boston.

Boston now departs on a grueling 10-game road trip, covering Detroit, Minnesota and Baltimore.

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