Red Sox lefty Jon Lester had his best start of the season, maybe even of the last two or three seasons, in the club’s 6-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
Lester went eight innings, allowing just one hit and two walks with 15 strikeouts. The win was his third of the year and he lowered his ERA to 2.59.
Boston got on the board with the longball, hitting three homers off of A’s starter Tommy Millone. Jonny Gomes his a grand slam for the Sox just one day after Dustin Pedroia hit a slam for Boston last night.
David Ross and Davis Ortiz added home runs of their own to give the club a 6-0 lead.
Chris Capuano and the defense struggled in ninth inning, allowing Oakland to score three runs and get the tying run to the plate. Koji Uehara stopped the rally, striking out Alberto Callaspo and getting Brandon Moss to line out to right field to end the game.
The win was the second in a row for Boston, and they will be looking to sweep Oakland tomorrow as John Lackey takes the mound against A’s righty Sonny Gray, who is coming off his best start of the year. The Red Sox are also looking to get to .500 with a win tomorrow, but it will not be an easy task against the ace of the Oakland staff.