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                   === Lester, Red Sox take down Dodgers ===
 
 Los  Angeles, CA  (Sports Network) - Jon Lester tossed scoreless ball into the
 eighth  and  the Boston offense  kicked into gear early in a 4-2 decision over
 Los Angeles in the second test of this three-game interleague set.
 
 Lester (12-7) walked four, but surrendered just three hits and fanned six over
 7 1/3 innings. Koji Uehara recorded the final four outs to earn his 13th save.
 
 "I  commanded the  ball  pretty well.  I  moved my  fastball  around, and  got
 more  consistent with my cutter," Lester said. "Any time you get such an early
 lead, you just try to attack the zone."
 
 Mike  Napoli drove in  a run with a single and Jonny Gomes clubbed a three-run
 shot  in  the first inning for  the Red Sox, who  recovered from a 2-0 loss in
 Friday's  series opener and  remained in a first-place tie in the AL East. The
 Rays also won, beating the Yankees later Saturday.
 
 It was also the first-ever win in Los Angeles for Boston, which was swept in a
 three-game set here from June 21-23, 2002.
 
 Adrian  Gonzalez  collected a  two-run double  for the  Dodgers, who saw their
 four-game win streak come to an end.
 
 Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5) was pulled after five full frames, having surrendered five
 hits and four runs with seven strikeouts.
 
 Boston  wasted no  time, picking up four  runs in the first thanks to a Napoli
 RBI single and three-run blast from Gomes. Jacoby Ellsbury kicked off the game
 by  grounding  to shortstop,  but Shane  Victorino was plunked,  moved up on a
 Dustin Pedroia single and scored on Napoli's hit ahead of Gomes' 11th homer of
 the season, which settled into the seats in left center for a 4-0 game.
 
 "I'd never faced him before. I was looking for a fastball and I think I hit it
 pretty good," Gomes admitted. "It was a good win today because those guys over
 there are on a roll."
 
 Yasiel Puig walked to begin the home first, but Mark Ellis fanned swinging and
 Gonzalez  lined into  a double  play to  end the  frame. The  Dodgers stranded
 runners  on first  and second in the fourth,  then had two on with one down in
 the seventh before Juan Uribe lined into an inning-ending double play.
 
 Brian Wilson came in for the eighth, and despite loading the bases on a double
 from Pedroia, an infield hit by Napoli and a Stephen Drew walk, he fanned Will
 Middlebrooks to keep it a four-run margin.
 
 After  Jerry  Hairston was  retired on a  pop to short,  Lester exited when he
 walked  pinch-hitter  Carl Crawford.  Junichi Tazawa then  allowed a single to
 Puig and fanned Mark Ellis before giving way to Craig Breslow, who served up a
 two-run double to Gonzalez and walked Hanley Ramirez.
 
 Uehara  came on  and struck  out  A.J. Ellis,  and  finished off  the game  by
 retiring the side in order in the ninth.
 
 "We  were in it  at the end but we just couldn't find a way to break through,"
 said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "But our bullpen was tremendous. They kept
 us in the game and gave us a chance to come back."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Lester  has  won four of his  last five decisions  over a span of seven starts
 since  July  23 ... Napoli  finished with three  hits while Pedroia hit safely
 twice  ... Puig  was the only Dodger to  collect more than one hit ... Red Sox
 third  baseman Xander  Bogaerts, who  entered the  game in  the bottom  of the
 eighth,  recorded his  first major league hit in the ninth ... Boston improved
 to  6-5 all-time against the Dodgers and 10-6 including a five-game victory in
 the 1916 World Series.
 
 
 
 08/24 22:42:14 ET

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