After playing the Yankees late into the wee hours of Sunday night in Boston, the Red Sox took an early morning flight into San Francisco, arriving in the afternoon and proceeded to methodically defeat the Giants, 7-0, Monday night at AT&T Park.
The Giants only managed to scrape together six hits off Boston starter John Lester who had flown ahead of the team to rest up for his scheduled Monday night start.
“Obviously these guys had a long day. For us to come with that travel schedule and do what we did tonight was big for us,” Lester said.
In the second inning, a catcher’s interference and a run-scoring balk helped advance runners as Tim Lincecum gave up three singles and allowed three runs to awaken the sleepless Red Sox.
David Ortiz, normally a Red Sox DH, played first base in the interleague game and went 0 for 5, striking out twice.
Shane Victorino and Daniel Nava each went 3 for 4 driving in two of the Red Sox five earned runs.
Giants’ lead off hitter, Andres Torres set the table for the Giants going 3 for 4 but the rest of the Giants were unable to put together back-to back hits for any semblance of a threat.
“Jon was exactly what we needed,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “We needed a strong pitching performance deep into the game and he gave us just that.”
Dustin Pedroia, the unofficial team leader, was comparable in his assessment of Lester, “It seemed like we were barely on defense.”
Tim Lincecum took the loss and now sports a 6-13 record after throwing 104 pitches in five innings Monday night.
The Giants are 4-11 in interleague play.
The Giants and Red Sox play two more games at AT&T Park Tuesday night and a Wednesday afternoon 12:45 p.m. matinee.
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