|2013 Regular Season|
Lester was the starting and winning pitcher twice during Boston's six-game victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The 29-year-old was 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA in the regular season. He went 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA in the postseason, including victories in Games 1 and 5 of the Series. He had a 0.59 ERA in his two starts against St. Louis - the best by a Red Sox pitcher making more than one start in a World Series since Hugh Bedient in 1912.
The Boston Red Sox left-hander said before Game 2 on Thursday night that "I can honestly tell you that all I use is rosin. So, it's obviously frustrating that after a night like last night, we should be having fun and running around with some energy today and I've got to stand here and answer questions about it."
Lester was 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA this season. He won his first six decisions and seven of his last nine. From May 20 through the All-Star break, he went 2-6 with a 6.27 ERA. Lester will be followed in the rotation by John Lackey and Clay Buchholz, with Jake Peavy ready to pitch Game 4 of the best-of-five series if necessary.
The left-hander, who struck out eight, is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA over his last seven starts.
Lester has picked up the pace in a big way over the last month, going 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in his last seven starts.
Lester has surrendered three earned runs in 21 2-3 innings since giving up six runs and a season-high 11 hits in a 7-6 loss to Arizona on Aug. 2.
Lester is 1-1 in his last three road starts with a 1.33 ERA.
Though he didn't receive a favorable decision, Lester's performance was a good sign after he gave up six runs and a season-high 11 hits in his previous start.
Lester struck out eight, walked two and did not allow a runner past second base. The right-hander improved his lifetime record against the Orioles to 15-2, although he lost his previous two decisions against them.
Lester limited the Rays to two runs - both on homers - over 6 1-3 innings while recording his ninth win.
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