Scorching-hot Brock Holt hit four doubles in his first-ever start at first base.
The Red Sox got their insurance run in the seventh when Holt led off the inning with a walk, stole a base, and came around to score on Cecchini's first-career hit, a double to left field.
AT A GLANCE
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
When Lester has good control over four pitches and the help of a healthy strike zone like he did Sunday with DJ Reyburn, it's going to be hard to touch him.
HONORABLE MENTION: Brock Holt
Tie a MLB record (which he did with four doubles in the game), you deserve at least an honorable mention. Playing his first-ever game at first base only adds to his impressive day.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Erik Bedard
He let the bottom half of the Red Sox order hurt him in the fourth inning when the Sox surged for three runs. He's also the closest thing to a human rain delay given the amount of time he takes in between pitches. It couldn't have helped someone like left fielder Sean Rodriguez -- who misplayed two Brock Holt doubles -- to stay on his toes and alert.
After back-to-back singles by Gomes and Hassan a poor throw back to the infield on a flyout by David Ross allowed the two Sox runners to advance. Jonathan Herrera's sac fly then gave the Sox the only run they'd need.
BY THE NUMBERS
With 19 career games with at least 10 strikeouts, Jon Lester trails Pedro Martinez (72) and Roger Clemens (68) on the all-time Red Sox list.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Three of our guys in the infield probably can't get on the rides at Six Flags." -- John Farrell on the vertically-challenged Jonathan Herrera (third base), Dustin Pedroia (second) and Brock Holt (first) getting the starting nods Sunday.