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Sunday’s Red Sox-Brewers matchups: Jon Lester vs. Yovani Gallardo

04.06.14 at 8:23 am ET
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The Red Sox will face the Brewers for the third straight day and seek their first win at home and against the Brewers by sending Jon Lester to the mound against Yovani Gallardo on Sunday afternoon.

Lester is set to make his second start of the season and is looking for his first win. The southpaw lost on Opening Day despite pitching very well, allowing six hits and two runs in seven innings. He threw 104 pitches, 73 for strikes, and had eight strikeouts compared to one walk.

“€œI felt pretty good from the start,” Lester said after the loss. “I was missing a little bit in the first couple of innings. Really, the one thing that I thought hurt me was the leadoff walk in the second. Other than that, a bunch of singles [five of the six hits he allowed were singles] and a solo homer.”

Lester has faced the Brewers only once before, back in 2011. In a loss, Lester went eight innings, allowing four runs (three earned), striking out eight and walking three. Lester allowed three home runs in that game.

During spring training, Lester looked strong, pitching in three games, winning one and losing one. He had an ERA of 0.71 and a WHIP of 0.789, pitching in 12 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and one earned run while striking out 14 and walking three.

Gallardo faced the Red Sox in 2011 during the same series, his only appearance against the team. Like Lester, he loss the game, giving up five runs, eight earned, striking out four and walking two over three innings.

Gallardo had a 3.98 ERA and a WHIP of 1.623 during spring training, pitching in six games, winning none of them and losing two. He pitched 20 1/3 innings and allowed 27 hits, 12 runs, nine earned runs and six walks.

Brewers vs. Lester (LHP)

Lyle Overbay (31 plate appearances): .321 AVG/.387 OBP/.607 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts

Mark Reynolds (31): .269/.387/.500, 3 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Carlos Gomez (10): .100/.100/.100, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts

Ryan Braun (4): .333/.500/.667, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Aramis Ramirez (4): .750/.750/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI

Rickie Weeks (4): .500/.500/1.500, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Jeff Bianchi, Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldonado, Logan Schafer and Jean Segura have not faced Lester.

Red Sox vs. Gallardo (RHP)

Jonny Gomes (17): .154/.353/.385, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts

Jonathan Herrera (6): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout

David Ross (4): .500/.500/1.250, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (4): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI

David Ortiz (2): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 walk

Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mike Carp, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, A.J. Pierzynski and Grady Sizemore have not faced Gallardo.

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