Lester Helps Sox Avoid Sweep

Lester strong as Red Sox avoid sweep by Toronto

By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer
      BOSTON (AP) – Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings and J.D.
Drew homered in a five-run fifth as the Boston Red Sox avoided a
three-game sweep by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 on Sunday.
      The Blue Jays were mathematically eliminated from the playoff
race with the loss.
      Victor Martinez also homered for Boston.
      Lester (18-8) won his fifth straight start and became the first
Red Sox lefty to win 18 games since Bruce Hurst in 1988. Lester
pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the third and fifth, allowing
four hits and four walks in all.
      He struck out only four, snapping a string of four straight
games in which he'd fanned at least 10.
      
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