08/14/10 2:35 AM ET
Lester can relate to Lewis' struggles
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
The Red Sox left-hander knows all about four-game slumps like the one Lewis is experiencing now and he knows how to get back on a winning track.
But don't expect any friendly advice from Lester anytime soon. It's going to be up Lewis to figure it out on his own, especially after Texas won Friday's game, 10-9, in extra innings.
In other words, game on.
Lester broke out of a four-start slump in his last outing, turning in a dominant 6 1/3 inning performance against the Yankees to earn the win. It could not have come at a better time. The Red Sox currently trail the Yankees by six games in the American League East standings and trail the Rays by four games for the AL Wild Card.
"It's huge," Lester said after Monday's win over New York. "Any win this time of year is big for us. Obviously being in here makes it a little more special. [We] just keep chipping away."
Lester has made just one career start at Texas, taking a no-decision.
As for Lewis, he is winless in his last four starts even though he has a 3.12 ERA in those games. He allowed one run in six innings in his last start against the Athletics, but the Rangers ended up losing.
Lewis has had some success against Boston. He beat the Red Sox, 8-4, on July 16. He will have help Saturday. Cristian Guzman will start at second base for the Rangers and Jorge Cantu will likely get the start at first.
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