NEW YORK Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox talked about everything that went right. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi delivered a different message.
After Lester pitched a sharp five-hitter and Boston stopped a five-game losing streak with a 7-0 victory Thursday night, Girardi closed the clubhouse for a 30-minute meeting.
"I think everybody is embarrassed," losing pitcher Andy Pettitte said. "We walked through it tonight. It was extremely disappointing.
"Absolute, horrible game," he said.
It looked a little better from the Boston side.
Lester (7-3) made his most impressive start since pitching a no-hitter against Kansas City on May 19. That was his only complete game in the majors until this gem.
"Stuff-wise, I don't think it was any different," he said.
A throwing error by shortstop Derek Jeter gave the Red Sox a quick lead. Coco Crisp came back from a five-game suspension to score twice, and it was 6-0 by the fifth inning.
That was plenty for Lester to send the Yankees to their fourth loss in five games. He struck out eight, walked two and used three double plays for his fourth straight win.
Lester became the first Boston pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout against the Yankees since Pedro Martinez in 2000. And, this came in Lester's first appearance at Yankee Stadium."It was cool. It was definitely a different experience," he said. "You watch the game and it seems big, but when you're out there on the mound, it's a pretty big stadium and a lot of people."
ATHLETICS 3, WHITE SOX 2: At Chicago, Justin Duchscherer pitched seven solid innings and Jack Cust and Donnie Murphy homered as Oakland snapped Chicago's seven-game winning streak. Duchscherer (9-5), the major-league leader with a 1.96 ERA, allowed five hits while striking out four and walking two. Javier Vazquez (7-7) took the loss despite pitching his first complete game in nearly a year, allowing four hits and striking out 10.
ROYALS 10, ORIOLES 7: At Baltimore, Mark Grudzielanek went 4-for-5 and played a key role in a seven-run sixth inning for Kansas City. The Royals overcame a four-run deficit and two homers by Aubrey Huff to earn a split of the four-game series. The last time the Royals scored more than six runs in an inning was June 14, 2007 an eight-run second against St. Louis. Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth for his 23rd save for the Royals, who had lost nine of their last 10 at Camden Yards.
TIGERS 8, MARINERS 4: At Seattle, Justin Verlander threw six strong innings, Michael Hollimon hit his first big league home run and Detroit hung on to beat the Mariners. Matt Joyce, promoted from Triple-A Toledo on May 5 and recalled Sunday, had a pair of doubles among his career-high four hits. Ivan Rodriguez added three RBIs as the Tigers pounded out 15 hits.The hard-throwing Verlander allowed two runs on eight hits to win for the sixth time in seven career starts against Seattle. After starting the season in a slump, Verlander (5-9) hasn't lost since June 6.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, BREWERS 5: At Phoenix, Conor Jackson's two-run single capped Arizona's six-run, ninth-inning rally against Milwaukee. With Arizona trailing 5-0 entering the bottom of the ninth, three Brewers pitchers failed to record an out as seven straight Diamondbacks reached base. Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy homered, doubled twice and singled to match his career high for hits. Mike Cameron also homered for the Brewers.
METS 11, CARDINALS 1: At St. Louis, Jose Reyes' bases-clearing triple keyed a six-run third that included pitcher Mike Pelfrey's first-ever RBI and New York routed the Cardinals. Carlos Delgado had a two-run homer and three RBIs as the Mets pounded rookie Mitchell Boggs, who surrendered 11 runs, 10 hits, six walks and two wild pitches in six innings. Pelfrey (6-6) allowed a run and six hits in seven innings.
DODGERS 5, ASTROS 2: At Houston, Chad Billingsley pitched eight strong innings and Andre Ethier homered for the second straight game to lead Los Angeles. Billingsley (8-7) gave up six hits, struck out five and did not allow an earned run to win his fourth straight start. Blake DeWitt had a two-run single and James Loney added a solo homer and an RBI double for The Dodgers have won six of their last seven road games. Takashi Saito got the last three outs for his 14th save.
GIANTS 8, CUBS 3: At San Francisco, Tim Lincecum increased his NL-leading strikeout total to 122 with eight in six innings and singled in a run and scored for San Francisco. Rich Aurilia hit a three-run homer in the seventh, his third career pinch-hit homer. He hadn't had one since June 12, 2003, at the Chicago White Sox during his first stint with San Francisco. Lincecum (10-1) allowed seven hits and three runs.
PHILLIES 4, BRAVES 1: At Atlanta, Cole Hamels came within one out of his second shutout of the Braves this season, capping the Phillies' second series sweep in Atlanta this year. Hamels gave up his only run with two outs in the ninth. Tom Gordon got the last out for his second save. Hamels struck out seven and walked two while giving up five hits and one run in 8 2/3 innings. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz hit home runs as the Phillies improved to 8-1 against the Braves this season.
REDS 5, NATIONALS 3: At Cincinnati, Brandon Phillips had three hits and three RBIs and Cincinnati capitalized on a Washington error for its rally. Johnny Cueto (7-8) allowed seven hits and three runs with one walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings for his second consecutive win after three straight losses. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save and first since June 25.
ROCKIES 6, MARLINS 5 (11 INNINGS): At Denver, Ryan Spilborghs' two-run single off Kevin Gregg with one out in the 11th inning rallied Colorado. Gregg (6-3), who blew his fifth save in 20 chances, walked Yorvit Torrealba leading off and then overthrew first base on Scott Podsednik's attempted sacrifice bunt, putting runners at second and third. Troy Tulowitzki walked to load the bases.
After a fielder's choice, Spilborghs sent a fastball into the left-center gap. Matt Herges (3-3) got the win despite allowing the go-ahead run in the 11th when Cody Ross doubled home Josh Willingham from first base with two outs. Jeff Baker had four RBIs for Colorado.