Coming off a frustrating weekend series loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Boston Red Sox rebounded this week with a series win over the Oakland Athletics by taking two out of three from them. It was the first series win for Boston vs. the Athletics since August 26-27, 2011 at Fenway Park after going 1-8 against them in 2012.
The key in the series for the Red Sox was getting timely hitting in their two wins on Monday and Wednesday. Mike Napoli's grand slam and five RBIs and Will Middlebrooks's three run homerun in Game 1 and Boston's three runs scored in each of the fourth and fifth innings in Game 3 were crutal parts in winning those games. Closer Andrew Bailey saved both wins and now has five saves on the season.
Lester, who was tied with Dennis Eckersley and Bruce Hurst for the 19th all time in team history in wins with 88 won on Wednesday and with 89 career wins is now tied with Josh Beckett and Babe Ruth for 17th all time in Red Sox history.
The Red Sox will finish this 10 game homestand with a four game series with the Houston Astros. It will be the first time that the Astros visit Fenway Park since June 13-15, 2003, which is the longest stretch that any MLB team has visited Fenway. In that series, Boston swept the Astros and outscored them 15-9.
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