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Lester Strikes Out Seven En Route to Sox' Win

Jon Lester allowed three runs in the Red Sox' 6-3 win on Tuesday, striking out seven. Brett Davis/USA Today Sports

Jon Lester wasnít overly dominant on Tuesday night in Atlanta, but he did enough to give the Red Sox a chance to get their second win since snapping their 10-game losing streak.

The lefthander had a much better outing than his last appearance, when he gave up seven runs in the first two innings of his May 22 start against the Rays, tonight allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings. Lester struck out seven and walked three Atlanta hitters.

He was pinch hit for in the seventh inning by Mike Carp after the Red Sox scored four times turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead, putting Lester in line for his fifth win of the year.

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Things didnít look good for Lester early on, as Jason Heyward launched a solo home run as the first Atlanta batter to hit in the game. Lester also ran into a big scare in the bottom of the second, as Tyler Pastornicky walked following Andrelton Simmons and Gerald Laird singles to load the bases with no outs. Lester started a key 1-2-3 double play on a grounder back to the mound by Aaron Harang, then got Heyward to ground out to end the threat.

The Braves took a 2-1 lead in the third when a Chris Johnson sac fly scored B.J. Upton. After David Ross tied the game in the top of the fourth with an RBI single, the Braves got the one-run lead back in the bottom of the fifth.

Lester set the Braves down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth, his final inning.

Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, and Koji Uehara came in for the final three frames, allowing just two total hits and no runs with one walk and four strikeouts.