With Boston starting left-hander Jon Lester in a day game after a night game, manager Ron Washington had an ideal spot to use backup catcher Geovany Soto. Instead, A.J. Pierzynski talked his way into the lineup, with forgettable results at the plate. Pierzynski had only the second four-strikeout game of his career. His previous golden sombrero game came on April 8, 2002, while with Minnesota. All four strikeouts came against left-handers. Pierzynski, a left-handed hitter, has only four hits in his last 30 at-bats against left-handers. “I’m not swinging the bat well at all right now,” Pierzynski said. “I’ll take a hit any way I can get one.” Washington said he expects to use Soto during the nine-game trip that opens on Monday with a makeup date against the Chicago Cubs. BRIEFLY: Outfielder David Murphy returned after a one-game absence because of illness. Murphy entered in the sixth inning as a pinch-runner for Jeff Baker and finished the game in left field. In his only at-bat, Murphy singled against left-hander Andrew Miller. Murphy is expected to start against Cubs right-hander Scott Feldman. … The Triple-A Pacific Coast League lists only three pitchers with an ERA of less than 3.00 for a minimum of 30 innings. Two of those pitchers are with Round Rock: right-handed reliever-turned-starter Josh Lindblom at 1.42 for 31 2/3 innings, and left-hander Brad Mils are 2.79 for 38 2/3 innings. Both are 4-0. … The fourth sellout of the season pushed the attendance to 39,316 per game, fourth-highest in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (45,346), San Francisco (41,745) and St. Louis (40,861.)