Sox starter Jon Lester was the winner despite a rocky outing that lasted only 5⅔ innings. He allowed three runs on six hits and six walks, one shy of his career high. Lester struck out five.
Lester is 4-0. He did not gain his fourth victory until June 16 last season.
Junichi Tazawa left the bases loaded in the sixth inning, getting Coco Crisp on a fly ball to bail out Lester. Tazawa allowed a run in the seventh and Koji Uehara one in the eighth when Chris Young hit his second homer of the game.
That left it in Bailey’s capable hands.
“Everybody wants to be the closer and everyone wants to pitch the ninth inning,” Bailey said. “Right now that’s my job.”
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