LOS ANGELES — Jon Lester had never faced the Dodgers before, and he handled their lineup with ease.
The left-hander pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, former Ray Jonny Gomes' three-run homer capped a four-run first and the Red Sox won 4-2 Saturday, snapping Los Angeles' four-game winning streak.
"For the most part, I commanded the ball pretty well and was able to move the fastball around and get some weak contact from a good-hitting lineup," Lester said. "I know what I'm capable of. It's just a matter of going out there and doing it."
"He was absolutely phenomenal," catcher David Ross said. "This was the best fastball location he's had for me all year. This is the first time I've caught him in a while, but he threw excellent."
Boston won at Dodger Stadium for the first time in five games dating to its first visit in 2002.
The Red Sox got to rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu right away. Gomes homered one pitch after Mike Napoli's single drove in Shane Victorino.
"I was hitting fifth and he threw four first-pitch fastballs before I got up," Gomes said. "I knew he had good off-speed stuff, good secondary stuff, and the majority of pitchers have good fastballs, so I was hunting the fastball."