BOSTON -- Jon Lester walked six. The bullpen gave up two late-innings run to make things closer than they should have been. And the Red Sox had the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth inning and failed to add to their lead.
In the end, however, it didn't matter, as the Red Sox rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a 6-5 victory over the Oakland A's Wednesday, giving them five series wins in their first seven series of the year.
Lester spotted the A's a 3-0 lead in the fourth on a three-run homer by Chris Young, but pitched into the sixth without allowing another run.
In the meantime, the Red Sox offense got untracked with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth -- two on a triple into the right-field corner by the slumping Stephen Drew -- then added three more in the fifth on run-scoring hits from Shane Victorino, David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes.
Junichi Tazawa gave up a run in the seventh and Koji Uehara allowed a mammoth solo homer to Young in the eighth, but Andrew Bailey nailed down his fifth save in the last week and third on this homestand.
STAR OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz had two more hits -- a double high off the Wall that nearly went out and a run-scoring singles -- as he continues to pound the ball in his first week back in the lineup. In four games since being activated, Ortiz is 8-for-16 (.500) with with three doubles and three RBI.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jon Lester
The six walks weren't anything to brag about and Lester nearly let his emotions get the best of him, showing frustration with the umpiring crew. But he managed to get into the sixth inning, was scored upon in just one inning and improved to 4-0.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Brett Anderson
Anderson allowed just one hit over the first three innings, but came apart in the fourth and fifth, allowing six runs in those two frames. He was charged with the loss.
TURNING POINT: With the A's rallying with a run off Junichi Tazawa and a runner on second, Andrew Miller, who has struggled recently, came in and struck out Brandon Moss to quell the threat.
BY THE NUMBERS: Mike Napoli has 26 RBI in the first 21 games, the best start to a season by a Red Sox hitter since Mo Vaughn knocked in 26 runs in the first 26 games of 1995.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "I think he showed a little frustration with the strike zone, but he righted the ship and put up a zero after we scored the three runs to tie it.'' -- John Farrell on Lester.