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"It started with Lester," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He was powerful."
Lester (4-5) allowed one run, three hits and three walks in six innings, lowering his ERA to 5.65. His 12 strikeouts were the most by a Red Sox pitcher this season and the most by a Boston left-hander since Bruce Hurst struck out 14 against Oakland on May 5, 1987.
"He could have beat anybody with the stuff he had today," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said.
Lester, who threw 115 pitches, said his only regret was not being able to go deeper in the game.
"I had a pretty good feel for my curveball today and threw a lot of change-ups," Lester said. "That's big with this team. You've just got to keep a good mix and you can't let them look for one area or sit on a fastball. When I did get behind, I was able to have enough soft stuff in the mix where they couldn't just gear up for a fastball."
Jason Bay also homered for the Red Sox, who tweaked their lineup to shake themselves out of a recent offensive slump. Nine of Boston's 11 hits were for extra-bases.
Batting leadoff for the first time this season, Pedroia homered off the left-field foul screen in the fourth inning, his second.
Pedroia was bumped up and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury dropped to eighth as Francona tried to boost the offense after watching his team score just 13 runs in its previous five games.
"We need to have our on base guys [up high] for the guys in the middle of the order," Francona said. "It's important."
The moves paid off as every Boston starter except Jason Varitek had at least one hit, helping the Red Sox score more than three runs for just the second time in seven games and improve to 3-4 on their current 10-game trip.
"We scored early and then we added on," Francona said. "That's always a good way to play. We haven't done that very much lately but it was a very good day today."
Francona wasn't sure whether he'd keep the same lineup when the Red Sox open a three-game series in Detroit on Tuesday night. As for Pedroia, the reigning AL MVP isn't concerned about where he hits.
"It doesn't really change my approach," Pedroia said. "Whatever they tell us to do, we're willing to do it. I don't get paid to make the lineup."
Youkilis hit a solo homer in the first off Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero, then hit another solo drive in the eighth off right-hander Brian Wolfe, the sixth multihomer game of his career. Bay followed Youkilis' second drive with an almost identical shot into the left-field bullpen, his 15th.
Trailing 1-0 on Youkilis' first homer, Toronto tied it in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from Vernon Wells.
Pedroia put Boston ahead to stay with his two-out homer in the fourth. The homer was Pedroia's first since he went deep on his first at bat of the season, April 7 against Tampa Bay, a span of 190 at bats.
Toronto's Alex Rios hit a solo homer to left off Masterson in the eighth.
Making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a strained right oblique, Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero (2-2) allowed five runs and six hits in four-plus innings. He walked five and struck out five.
Boston's David Ortiz snapped an 0-for-12 streak with a double to center in the fourth and finished 1-for-5 with a strike out. Ortiz is batting .185.
|Jon Lester's 12 strikeouts are the most for a Boston left-hander since Bruce Hurst in 1987. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||1||1||3||0||0||0||.326|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.248|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||4||3||2||2||1||1||0||.366|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||1||2||1||2||1||0||.288|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||5||0||2||1||0||3||3||.308|
|David Ortiz, DH||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.185|
|Jason Varitek, C||2||1||0||0||3||0||2||.239|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.299|
|Nick Green, SS||4||1||1||0||1||1||6||.298|
|2B - Jason Bay (13, R. Romero), Mike Lowell 2 (17, Richmond, Camp), David Ortiz (13, R. Romero), Nick Green (10, Wolfe)|
|HR - Dustin Pedroia (2, R. Romero), Kevin Youkilis 2 (9, R. Romero, Wolfe), Jason Bay (15, Wolfe)|
|SF - J.D. Drew (1)|
|SH - Dustin Pedroia (1), Jacoby Ellsbury (1)|
|RBI - Dustin Pedroia 3 (20), J.D. Drew (23), Kevin Youkilis 2 (31), Jason Bay (49), Mike Lowell (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia 3 (7), Kevin Youkilis 2 (19), Jason Bay (18)|
|CS - Nick Green (3, 2nd base by R. Romero/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jon Lester (W,4-5)||6||3||1||1||3||12||0||5.65|
|WP - Jon Lester (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 115-72, Justin Masterson 39-25, Ramon Ramirez 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 3-3, Justin Masterson 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Jon Lester 24, Justin Masterson 9, Ramon Ramirez 4|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.305|
|John McDonald, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.211|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.333|
|Alex Rios, RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||2||.276|
|Vernon Wells, CF||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.266|
|Joe Inglett, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.100|
|Adam Lind, DH||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.288|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.303|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.267|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.285|
|Jose Bautista, LF||2||0||0||0||2||2||1||.269|
|HR - Alex Rios (6, Masterson)|
|SF - Vernon Wells (3)|
|RBI - Alex Rios (25), Vernon Wells (25)|
|SB - Marco Scutaro (5, 3rd base off Lester/Varitek), Alex Rios (4, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ricky Romero (L,2-2)||4||6||5||5||5||5||2||4.15|
|IBB - Ellsbury by Scott Richmond, Varitek by B.J. Ryan|
|WP - Ricky Romero (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 90-49, Scott Richmond 27-15, Shawn Camp 17-11, B.J. Ryan 10-3, Brian Wolfe 35-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 5-1, Scott Richmond 1-4, Brian Wolfe 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 22, Scott Richmond 8, Shawn Camp 2, B.J. Ryan 3, Brian Wolfe 10|
|Attendance - 30496|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tim McClelland|