CLEVELAND - Backed by the combination of strong starting pitching and enough offense to support it, the Red Sox finished off a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, 6-3, stretching their winning streak to six straight in the process.
Jon Lester improved to 3-0 as he went seven innings and allowed two earned runs on just four hits. His ERA for the season is 1.73.
Leading 3-1 in the seventh, the Sox tacked on three more runs against the Cleveland bullpen. Mike Napoli singled home one run, Daniel Nava -- who had singled in the first Sox run in the second -- delivered another with a sacrifice fly and pinch-hitter Mike Carp knocked in the third with a single.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had homered (No. 3) in the fourth.
The Indians nicked Lester for solo runs in the second and fifth, but the lefty retired eight of the final nine hitters he faced.
After Cleveland got a run off Koji Uehara -- charged to Andrew Miller -- Andrew Bailey got the final three outs for his second save in as many nights.
Lester's outing means Red Sox starters have allowed three runs or fewer in each of the team's first 15 games this season. The American League record to start a season is 16, done by the Oakland A's in 1981.
Boston's starters have a 2.32 ERA this season. Not coincidentally, the team has already won as many games in its first 15 games as it did all of last April.
STAR OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Winning his third start in as many tries, Lester went seven innings and limited the Indians to two runs on just four hits.
HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel Nava
Nava was responsible for knocking in two of his team's six runs with a run-scoring single in the second and a sacrifice fly that was part of the three-run seventh.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Nick Swisher
The Cleveland cleanup hitter was hitless in four plate appearances. He stranded a baserunner in the first and came up in the eighth representing the tying run with two runners in scoring position, only to strike out.
TURNING POINT: Mike Napoli's run-scoring single kicked off the three-run seventh to give the Sox some breathing room. Napoli later advanced to second base on a flyball and came around to score the third run of the inning.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox' three-game sweep in Cleveland was their first since June 20-22, 2005.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "I sense the confidence, I sense the comfort, knowing that if something does stray away, he's got a pretty good idea how to get it back." -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Jon Lester.