Big inning lifts Red Sox to win

BOSTON — Jon Lester pitched into the eighth inning before leaving with an apparent injury, and Dustin Pedroia homered in a seven-run second to help the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 7-4 Thursday.

Lester retired 10 straight to begin the game and didn't allow a hit until the fifth. He came out after giving up consecutive singles to start the eighth and running the count to 3-and-0 on Emilio Bonifacio. After going 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA in his first nine starts, Lester struggled over his past seven, going 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA.

He returned to form just in time to face baseball's best team in June — and Boston's bats provided him all the support he needed.

The Red Sox jumped all over Chien-Ming Wang, tagging him for seven runs while batting around in the second. Wang, making his fourth start for Toronto this season, lasted just 1⅔ innings.

Meanwhile, Lester needed only 30 pitches to get through three and didn't allow a runner until Jose Bautista's walk with one out in the fourth.

Red Sox 7

Blue Jays 4

Big inning lifts Red Sox to win 06/27/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 12:15am]

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