Perez has had a bit of a roller coaster start to his season. After getting 4 wins in a row and having starts of 8, 9 and 9 innings, Perez has seen his 1.42 ERA increase to 4.38. I don't think the Red Sox players feel any remorse about their hand in his decline. As a matter of fact, I think they were pretty proud of their accomplishment.
Savior from the night before, David Ortiz hit his 7th home run of the season to give the Red Sox their second run of the game. The top third of the lineup was certainly making up for the night before as they went 7 for 11 and drove in 6 of the Red Sox runs. Hitting at the bottom of the lineup, Middlebrooks and Bradley Jr. set the table by getting on base in front of the big swingers. Both players scored 2 runs a piece in the victory.
Although the 4th through 7th hitters combined for only 1 hit in 17 tries, Jonny Gomes' hit would be the nail in the coffin for Perez.
Even though he didn't have as dominant a start as he did against Oakland, John Lester pitched a solid game in getting his record back to .500. With another 8 strikeouts, Lester now has 66 total and is tied with Max Scherzer for tops in the AL. That being said, Lester still has a little work to do if he would like to break into the top ten in ERA. Looking ahead at upcoming games and probable starters it looks like Lester may pitch against Scherzer next Friday at Fenway. You better get your tickets now.