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Lester adjusted, Red Sox rolled on


The Sox are now 7-0-3 in their last 10 series and improved to 28-14 since May 3.

At 39-28, they are 11 games over .500 for the first time this year and are now three games out of first place, the closest they have been since April 16.

It’s way too early to get caught up in the standings. But with 95 games left to play, it’s safe to say the Red Sox are pretty much right where they need to be.

It was interesting to watch Jon Lester pitch tonight. He threw two change-ups over the first three innings then 12 over the next four. In all, he threw nine of his 14 off-speed pitches for strikes. The pitch clearly played big role in keeping the Diamondbacks — a solid offensive team — from sitting on his fastball.

“We had to mix in something soft tonight,” Lester said. “They’re a very good fastball hitting team. Guys with a lot of power, and you have to mix something soft in there to get them off that fastball. I was able to do that.”

When Lester loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning, he used a change to strike out Rusty Ryal and another to get Chris Snyder to pop to center.

“That’s a big part of the game. That was huge,” Terry Francona said.

Lester is 8-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his last 11 starts. The Red Sox are 9-2 in those games.

Sox will have John Lackey on the hill tomorrow trying to finish off a sweep. He’ll face a tough customer in Dan Haren. Don’t forget, the game was moved to 6:10.


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