Lester & Red Sox sweep Rays for 7th straight win

BOSTON (NEWS CENTER) - Jon Lester pitched seven shutout innings and Brock Holt had four doubles and two runs batted in to lead the Boston Red Sox to their seventh straight victory in a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The seven-game win streak comes on the heels of a ten-game losing skid, matching the record for consecutive wins after a double-digit losing stretch, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Lester (6-6) only allowed four hits and one walk while racking up 12 strikeouts. Edward Mujica and Koji Uehara each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Holt's four doubles are the most in a game for a Red Sox since Victor Martinez hit four exactly four years ago. Holt's two run double capped a three-run fourth inning.

In their Major League debuts, outfielder Alex Hassan and third baseman Garin Cecchini became the first Red Sox to collect their first big league hits in the same game since 1975. Hassan finished the day 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Cecchini, who was substituted after Dustin Pedroia's ejection in the third, would go 1-for-2 collecting his RBI as well with a double in the seventh inning.

Former Boston pitcher Erik Bedard (2-4) took the loss for Tampa Bay pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four. Evan Longoria had two of the Rays five hits.

The Red Sox will begin a nine-game road trip on Monday starting with a three-game series against the Indians. John Lackey (6-3, 3.27 E.R.A.) will start for Boston and Cleveland will counter with former Portland Sea Dog Justin Masterson (2-4, 5.21 E.R.A.).


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