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Monday, June 1, 2009

It's time for Lester to be lights out

After losing two straight to the free-falling Blue Jays, it was time for the Red Sox to get their act together yesterday in the series finale at the Rogers Centre.

Behind Jon Lester's (4-5) career-high 12 strikeouts and four homers by a new-look lineup, Boston (29-22) salvaged one game before departing for Motown.

Josh Beckett has apparently started to find his game and after three decent (yesterday being great) starts in a row, hopefully Lester is up to his old tricks which would allow the Sox to have that 1-2 combination they rode last season to one game away from the World Series.

Lester allowed just one run on three hits with three walks.

Kevin Youkilis (hitting third) hit a solo shot in the first. Toronto (29-24) answered in the bottom of the first as Vernon Wells' sacrifice fly scored Marco Scutaro.

From there, Boston scored seven consecutive runs. New leadoff hitter (for the day at least), Dustin Pedroia hit a three-run bomb off Toronto starter Ricky Romero. It was Pedroia's first homer since Opening Day and it went off the foul pole in left.

Mike Lowell doubled in Youk in the fifth and J.D. Drew hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth before Youk and Jason Bay went back-to-back.

After an off-day today, the Sox start a three-game set with the AL Central-leading Tigers tomorrow night.

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