Lester appreciative of Sox early run support

Lester appreciative of Sox early run support
April 7, 2013, 6:45 pm
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TORONTO -- A year ago, it took Jon Lester until mid-May before he earned his second win of the season.
This year, he's got two victories in two starts over the span of seven days.
And thanks to the Red Sox lineup, Sunday's win was never in doubt, with five runs of support in the first inning and additional runs coming in the third, fourth, and fifth inning.
"Good way to start," said Lester after the Sox blanked Toronto 13-0. "Anytime you can get a little bit of breathing room and maybe put them on the defense a little bit, it obviously take a little bit of pressure off me and make them work the count a little bit more so we can attack a little bit more than normal and we were able to do that."
Lester lasted seven innings and only once allowed more than one baserunner in any single inning. Of the five hits he allowed, none was for extra bases and he didn't walk a batter while fanning six.
"I thought Lester once again threw a lot of quality strikes," said manager John Farrell. "He delivered the ball downhill as we've been working on with him through spring training and he carried his stuff for the full seven innings."
The biggest challenge for Lester might have been remaining aggressive despite the huge lead he was presented with early.
"Anytime you get a lead like that," said Lester, "it's really easy to lose your focus. It's real easy to go out there and say, 'Well, we've got five runs,' or 'We've got eight runs.' And then, before you know it, you've got second and third and no outs and you're looking at a big inning from them. The biggest thing is mentality. You've got to stay sharp, act like it's a 0-0 game and try to keep executing pitches."