After a rocky first inning, Jon Lester was able to recover quickly.
Lester allowed one run -- the Padres' only one of the game -- and three hits in the first inning, but limited San Diego's bats to three hits and a walk the rest of the way, setting down the Padres' lineup with ease in Boston's 2-1 win on Wednesday.
"I was able to settle down after that," said Lester, who received a no-decision after Jonny Gomes' walk-off home run. "Any time you're facing a team you don't really know, it's sort of a feeling-out period, at least for me. We were able to slow them down a lot with some change-ups tonight."
Lester (8-4) struck out five and walked one in seven innings, allowing six hits and just one earned run on a single by Kyle Blanks.
He has gone seven innings in each of his past two starts and has not received a loss since June 16. The southpaw lowered his ERA to 4.41 after Wednesday's performance.
"After last start and this start," Lester said, "maybe start to string some good ones together and start to get on a roll."
Lester evaluates his and the team's performance in the video.