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Red Sox lefthander Jon Lester picking it up at the right time

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Jon Lester went up against Max Scherzer, who was one win away from 20, and outpitched him Tuesday night.

Lester, 13-8 with a 3.88 ERA, was Boston’s Opening Day starter, but from May 20-June 16 he pitched like Jon Ordinary. Now he’s the dude again, holding the potent Tigers lineup, which included Miguel Cabrera for the first time in four games, to one run on eight hits in seven innings, striking out nine with no walks in Boston’s 2-1 win.

Lester struck out the side in the third, retired the side in order in the fourth, and if Will Middlebrooks hadn’t committed an error in the fifth, he may have had another 1-2-3 inning. Lester loaded the bases, but got Cabrera on a forceout.

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