Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jon Lester bounced back with an effective start and was aided by a seven-run second inning that propelled the Boston Red Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game series from Fenway Park.
The Red Sox pasted Chien-Ming Wang for six hits, capped by Dustin Pedroia's two-run homer, during their second-inning uprising. Jarrod Saltalamacchia added an RBI single in the frame and finished 2-for-4 to help the AL East leaders to their third straight win.
Lester (8-4), who had given up four runs or more in six of his last seven starts coming in, held Toronto to two runs over the first seven innings before issuing a pair of singles to begin the eighth. He was then removed after sustaining an undisclosed injury while pitching to the next batter, with Junichi Tazawa allowing both inherited runners to score as Toronto pulled within 7-4.
Koji Uehara set the Blue Jays down in order in the ninth, however, to register his third save of the season.
Maicer Izturis went 2-for-3 with a two-run double for the Blue Jays, losers of three of four since matching a club record with 11 straight wins from June 11-23. Rajai Davis also collected two hits while scoring twice.
Wang (1-1) lasted just 1 2/3 innings and was tagged for all seven runs on six hits and two walks.