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PHILADELPHIA -- Terry Francona was as efficient with his words as Jon Lester was with his pitches.
"Lester was good, OK was good, Pap was good," he said, referring to his three pitchers. "I want to watch the game."
Before Francona flipped on the TV to watch the Celtics' bid for the NBA title, Boston's manager was reminded of the kind of outing that won the Red Sox the World Series last year.
"I think his confidence is growing," Francona said of Lester. "It looks like he's trying to grow up as a major league pitcher."
Lester (6-3) never got into any serious trouble and won his third straight start.
Lester, who tossed a no-hitter this season against Kansas City and got the Game 4 victory as Boston completed a World Series sweep of Colorado last October, gave up six hits and walked only one. He has allowed three runs or less in each of his last 10 starts and 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA over that span.
"It seems like every start, things are getting better," Lester said. "Walks are going down, I'm more around the zone with better command of my stuff. I have the confidence to throw any pitch, any time."
Lester peered over reporters' heads to catch a glimpse of the NBA Finals halftime show.
Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 20th save.
Burrell was impressed with Boston's lefty starter.
"We hadn't seen him before and he's pretty good," he said.
Historically known as a power team, this year's lineup is more like the Speedy Sox. They matched a club record with six stolen bases from Crisp (two), Lugo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Sean Casey, and Dustin Pedroia.
The three-game series between interleague division leaders ends Wednesday.
Moyer had his five-game win streak snapped and lost for the first time since May 10. He never found a groove in five shaky innings, and walked a season-high five -- as many as he walked in five May starts.
"Without command for me, it makes it a real difficult night," he said.
Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels predicted the two teams would meet again this season in the World Series. This one certainly had a Fall Classic feel with a sold-out stadium and a breeze that rippled the flags and cooled the crowd.
Lester took care of silencing Philadelphia's bats. He held the Phillies' potent 3-4-5 combo of Utley, Howard and Burrell to an 0-for-9 and five strikeouts. Howard went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts a night after he homered twice in the Phillies' 8-2 win.
Lester's toughest jam came in the seventh when he allowed back-to-back singles with two outs. But Carlos Ruiz weakly grounded into a forceout at third to end the small rally. That was all for Lester's outing.
Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless eighth, fanning Utley with a runner on third. Utley was 0-for-4.
"We didn't have a whole lot of opportunities and we didn't do anything with the ones we had," Burrell said.
Crisp hit a two-run shot, his fifth, to left in the second for a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox left two more runners on base when Moyer struck out J.D. Drew to end the inning.
Lugo hit a two-out, full-count RBI double that scored Crisp for a 3-0 lead in the sixth.
|Jon Lester strikes out five over seven shutout innings for his sixth win of the season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Julio Lugo, SS||3||0||1||1||2||2||1||.276|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.269|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.315|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.295|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.275|
|Jason Varitek, C||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.245|
|Sean Casey, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.371|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||2||2||2||0||1||3||.262|
|Jon Lester, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Brandon Moss, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.257|
|Hideki Okajima, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Papelbon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Lester in the 8th|
|2B - Julio Lugo (11, Madson)|
|HR - Coco Crisp (5, Moyer)|
|RBI - Julio Lugo (15), Coco Crisp 2 (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Julio Lugo (5)|
|SB - Julio Lugo (9, 3rd base off Moyer/Ruiz), Dustin Pedroia (7, 2nd base off Moyer/Ruiz), Jacoby Ellsbury (34, 2nd base off Condrey/Ruiz), Sean Casey (1, 2nd base off Seanez/Ruiz), Coco Crisp 2 (12, 2nd base off Madson/Ruiz, 3rd base off Madson/Ruiz)|
|CS - Jacoby Ellsbury (4, 3rd base by Condrey/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Lowell-Pedroia-Casey, Lowell-Casey|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jon Lester (W,6-3)||7||6||0||0||1||5||0||3.18|
|Hideki Okajima (H,14)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.97|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,20)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.01|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 99-68, Hideki Okajima 17-11, Jonathan Papelbon 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 7-7|
|Batters Faced - Jon Lester 26, Hideki Okajima 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.289|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.281|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.299|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||4||1||.221|
|Pat Burrell, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.284|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.226|
|Jamie Moyer, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.154|
|a- So Taguchi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.210|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rudy Seanez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Coste, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.308|
|Clay Condrey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Moyer in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Seanez in the 8th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (16, Okajima)|
|SB - Shane Victorino (14, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Jamie Moyer (L,7-4)||5||4||2||2||5||4||1||4.09|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 106-57, Ryan Madson 41-24, Rudy Seanez 23-12, Clay Condrey 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 8-3, Ryan Madson 2-3, Clay Condrey 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 24, Ryan Madson 9, Rudy Seanez 4, Clay Condrey 3|
|Attendance - 45160|
|Game Time - 3:04|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Mike Winters|