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Recap - Lester dominant in Sox 3-1 win

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy ESPN
Jon Lester was perfect through 5 innings and David Ross drove home what would prove to be the winning run in the top of the 9th inning as the Red Sox beat Chicago 3-1 at U.S. Cellular Field Thursday night.

Lester turned in one of the more dominant starts of his career (did someone just yell out "PAY THE MAN!" in Red Sox Nation?) and didn't allow a ball out of the infield until the bottom of the 5th inning. He went 8 innings allowing the lone White Sox run on 7 hits while striking out 9 and not walking anyone.

Photo courtesy Boston.com
Chicago starter Chris Sale was just as dominant not allowing a hit until Xander Bogaerts (pictured) slammed a 2-out solo home run to left field in the top of the 6th. That would prove to be the only Red Sox hit he allowed through 7 innings.

Mike Napoli was back in the Boston lineup after dislocating the ring finger on his left hand in Tuesday night's game; he was 1-for-3 and scored the winning run.

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