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Lester Pitches Red Sox to 6-2 Win Over Rays

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


by HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Jon Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Boston Red Sox remained in first place with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

The Red Sox moved 1½ games ahead of the Rays in the AL East and stayed atop the division for the 58th consecutive day.

The loss ended the Rays’ six-game winning streak and was just their third in 21 games, a surge that began when they were in fourth place, trailing the Red Sox by seven games.

Boston is 3-4 since its four-game winning streak.

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