Saturday's Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Jon Lester vs. Wei-Yin Chen

September 28, 2013 - 6:44 am
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The Red Sox will continue their final regular-season series of the year on Saturday night, as Jon Lester gets the call for Boston in the second game against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Southpaw Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound for Baltimore, looking for his first win against Boston this year. Lester (15-8, 3.67 ERA) has been rolling during the final stretch of the season, surrendering only 13 runs over his last 65 innings. In his last start, on Sept. 20 against the Blue Jays, Lester was excellent, holding Toronto to just one earned run over seven innings in an eventual 6-3 win that clinched the AL East for the Red Sox, their first division title since 2007. It was also a personal milestone for Lester, as he earned his 100th career win, just the 11th player, and third left-hander, to accomplish that feat with Boston. "To go through some of the things we've gone through the past three years, injuries, nonsense and all the other stuff, to finally be back at this point is very rewarding," Lester said after the game. Lester's last start against the Orioles was on Aug. 28, and it was the last time the left-hander lost a game this season. Lester lasted six innings, his shortest total over his last nine starts, giving up three earned runs while walking four batters in what ended up being a 3-2 Orioles victory. In 24 career starts against Baltimore, Lester is 15-3 with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. It's been a frustrating month for Chen (7-7, 4.03 ERA), as the left hander has received a no-decision in his last five starts. Chen's last two appearances against Boston have not gone well, as he allowed eight earned runs in 3 2/3 innings on Aug. 27 and followed that up by surrendering 11 hits and three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on Sept. 18. In six career games against the Red Sox, Chen is 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA. Red Sox vs. Chen (LHP)  Dustin Pedroia (18 plate appearances): .563 BA/.611 OBP/.938 SLG, 4 doubles, 1 triple Will Middlebrooks (14): .429/.429/.500, 1 double, 4 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (13): .182/.308/.455, 1 home run, 1 RBI David Ortiz (12): .200/.250/.500, 1 home run, 4 RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury (10): .300/.300/.300, 3 singles, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (9): .571/.667/1.000, 1 home run, 2 RBI Mike Napoli (8): .375/.375/1.250, 2 home run, 2 RBIs David Ross (7): .143/.143/.143, 1 single, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (6): .400/.500/1.000, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Stephen Drew (5): .250/.400/.250, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (5): .400/.400/.400, 2 singles Quintin Berry (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double Ryan Lavarnway (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single Brandon Snyder (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mike Carp, Brock Holt and John McDonald have not faced Chen. Orioles vs. Lester (LHP) Nick Markakis (67 plate appearances): .222/.269/.317, 6 doubles, 14 strikeouts Adam Jones (58): .300/.397/.360, 3 doubles, 20 strikeouts Brian Roberts (48): .209/.292/.419, 6 doubles, 10 strikeouts Matt Wieters (45): .333/.378/.452, 3 doubles, 7 RBIs J.J. Hardy (25): .250/.280/.500, 1 triple, 1 home run Chris Davis (23): .136/.174/.364, 2 doubles, 6 strikeouts Danny Valencia (14): .286/.286/.643, 2 doubles, 1 home run Alexi Casilla (10): .000/.200/.000, 2 walks Steve Pearce (8): .000/.125/.000, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts Nate McLouth (7): .000/.143/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Dan Johnson (3): .667/.667/.667, 2 singles Mike Morse (3): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts Chris Snyder (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Steve Clevenger, Chris Dickerson, Ryan Flaherty, Jason Pridie, Jonathan Schoop and Henry Urrutia have not faced Lester.

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