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Lester's postgame comments

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  May 19, 2008 09:44 PM

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Jon Lester spoke to NESN's Heidi Watney immediately after his no-hitter tonight.

"Words can't describe it right now," Lester said on the field at Fenway Park. "I really didn't [think about pitching a no-hitter], just tried to focus on throwing one pitch at a time and going after guys and staying focused and not worrying about the score or how many hits or whatever they were doing."

Lester talked about what it was like to step to the mound in the ninth inning with just three outs to go.

"Just try to finish the game... I can't lie, it went through my head a couple of times in the ninth but it just worked out," Lester said.

The Sox lefthander talked about the importance of getting ahead in the count tonight. "Very important," Lester said. "That's one thing John (Farrell) and I have worked on all year, just try to get after guys and if you get ahead, you can dictate what you want to do with them."

Lester was asked if he had a special gift for Jacoby Ellsbury, who made a great catch in the fourth inning. "We'll work something out," Lester said.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona shared some words with Lester when the game ended.

"He just said he was proud of me," Lester said. "I've been through a lot the past couple of years, and he's been like a second dad to me, it's just a special moment right there."

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