MLB picks: Red Sox@ Athletics; 10:35 PM

Now they are seeking Jon Lester to turn around his road woes. The Red Sox lost when Lester was on the mound the last time and they will look to take advantage of an unorganized Oakland Athletics' offense Saturday night. Boston (58-37) has ended a six-game stretch in Oakland with a 4-2 victory on Friday. The Red Sox had begun 1-3 on the current 10-game trip. The recent surge has ensured that they will go into the All-Star break with the AL's best record. Lester who is 8-5 with an ERA of 4.60 dropped to 1-5 with an 8.54 ERA. This is the worst road ERA in the majors since May 20. Lester did this in his last five away outings Monday by yielding five runs over five-plus innings in an 11-4 defeat to Seattle.

Oakland (54-39) has totaled six runs while hitting .136 with 29 strikeouts over its last four games. All of Lester’s losses have come on the road but he could be facing the right opponent tonight. Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson are both 1 for 13 in that stretch for the Athletics, batting a MLB-worst .213 in July. Lester is at 4-3 with an ERA of 4.21 in 11 starts against Oakland. He went 1-3 with a 4.45 ERA in five on the road. These offenses are to be counted as baseball's best in drawing walks, with 353 for Boston and 345 for Oakland. It's therefore unsurprising then that they also rank the first and second in pitches seen with the Red Sox at 15,127 and the A's at 14,230. Boston differs in leading the majors with 5.2 runs per game in comparison with Oakland's 4.5 mark.

The Red Sox stand second in July with an average of .299. David Ortiz is 10 for 28. He owns three homers on this road trip as he is one homer short of 20 for the year. This will be the 11th 20-homer season for Boston, which would tie him with Dwight Evans and Jim Evans for the second-most such years in franchise history. It will be behind Ted Williams' 16 though. Jacoby Ellsbury had gone 0 for 4 on Friday as his 19-game hitting streak came to an end. He batted with an average if .413 with 11 RBIs during that run. Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaker - a two-run single in the eighth inning for Boston. Boston scored 11 of his last 13 runs with two outs. The venue could be a factor to see how well Oakland starter A.J. Griffin who is 7-6 with an ERA of 3.94 fares on Saturday. He went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two home starts against the Red Sox last year. However, he surrendered a career-high nine runs over four-plus innings in a 9-6 defeat on April 22. The A's have recorded wins in the right-hander's last three starts and have taken six of his eight at home.

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