(Sports Network) - After losing a weekend series to their despised rivals, the
Boston Red Sox will try not to lose any more ground in the AL East when they
open a three-game series Monday against the San Francisco Giants.
The Red Sox lost two of three to the New York Yankees and suffered a 9-6 loss
in the rubber match Sunday night. Ryan Dempster was hammered in the start and
allowed seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He also beaned Yankees
third baseman Alex Rodriguez on a 3-0 count, leading to the emptying of both
bullpens and Yankees manager Joe Girardi getting ejected.
"I was just trying to pitch him inside," Dempster said.
Girardi didn't see it that way.
"Everyone knows it was intentional and I don't understand why (Dempster) is
left in the game," Girardi said. "(Home-plate umpire) Brian (O'Nora) and I
have a long history together and I respect him but that was wrong."
Will Middlebrooks homered and was one of six players with an RBI. Shane
Victorino had two hits and two runs scored, while David Ortiz and Jarrod
Saltalamacchia added two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, losers in seven of
the last 10 games.
Boston's lead in the AL East is now down to one game ahead of Tampa Bay.
The Red Sox, who will also visit Los Angeles on their West Coast trip, hope
Jon Lester can right the ship when he takes the mound Monday. Lester is 2-3 in
his last five decisions and did not factor in the outcome of a 4-3 loss at
Toronto last Wednesday, as he gave up three runs -- two earned -- in 6 1/3
Lester is 10-7 in 25 starts with a 4.31 ERA and won his only career start
against San Francisco on June 27, 2010. The left-hander went the distance in a
5-1 win by the bay and allowed only a run and five hits with nine K's and one
The Giants had a three-game winning streak stopped short with Sunday's 6-5
loss to the lowly Miami Marlins and went 3-3 on their East Coast swing.
Madison Bumgarner made the start for the defending World Series champions and
avoided a decision after he was reached for four runs in five innings. The
left-hander had control issues and walked four batters.
"It seemed like almost every pitch I threw was a hair off in the wrong
direction," Bumgarner said. "I was just struggling making pitches today."
Sandy Rosario was dealt the loss for giving up Jeff Mathis' go-ahead RBI
double in the bottom of the eighth inning. Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in
the first inning and Brandon Crawford led off the seventh with a solo blast in
a losing effort.
San Francisco is back at AT&T Park for seven straight games versus Boston and
Pittsburgh and will send Tim Lincecum to the mound Monday. The two-time NL Cy
Young Award winner has struggled this season to a 6-12 mark in 24 starts to go
along with a 4.38 ERA and is only 2-7 in his past nine decisions.
Lincecum didn't have his best stuff in last Wednesday's 6-5 loss at Washington
and permitted six runs and seven hits in six innings. He tossed eight shutout
innings and struck out eight in his previous outing on Aug. 8 versus
The right-hander opposed Lester and the Red Sox back in 2010 and was dealt the
loss for surrendering four runs in three innings.
Boston took two of three from the Giants in that series a few years ago and
has won five of the last six matchups between the clubs.
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