Lester, Red Sox beat Angels 4-3

       Jon Lester scattered four hits over six
scoreless innings, and the Boston Red Sox overcame a shaky
performance by their bullpen to beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on
Friday night.
      The Red Sox improved to 8-5 following a season-opening six-game
losing streak, making manager Terry Francona's 52nd birthday a
happy one.
      The Angels have lost 11 of the last 12 meetings since sweeping
Boston in the 2009 AL division series.
      Lester (2-1) struck out eight, walked two and departed with a
4-0 lead after throwing 111 pitches. Boston's starters have allowed
no more than two earned runs in any of the last seven games, with a
1.19 ERA during that stretch.
      Dan Haren (4-1) allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings.
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