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Lester fans 15, Gomes hits slam as Red Sox top A’s

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, center, celebrates his grand slam that also drove in, from left, Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, center, celebrates his grand slam that also drove in, from left, Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Fans sit in the bleachers at Fenway Park before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Fans sit in the bleachers at Fenway Park before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A Fenway Park scorekeeper carries a ladder before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    A Fenway Park scorekeeper carries a ladder before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Landsdowne Street outside Fenway Park is seen before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Landsdowne Street outside Fenway Park is seen before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics' Jesse Chavez warms up before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics' Jesse Chavez warms up before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Fans stand in the bleachers before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Fans stand in the bleachers before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Fans on top of the Green Monster at Fenway Park are seen before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Fans on top of the Green Monster at Fenway Park are seen before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics players interact with fans on the Green Monster at Fenway Park before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics players interact with fans on the Green Monster at Fenway Park before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics players warmup before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox  in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics players warmup before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. warms up before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. warms up before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, right, celebrates his grand slam with David Ortiz (34) in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, right, celebrates his grand slam with David Ortiz (34) in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes rounds first base after hitting a grand slam in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes rounds first base after hitting a grand slam in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes celebrates his grand slam in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes celebrates his grand slam in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia warms up before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia warms up before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone reacts after giving up a grand slam to Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone reacts after giving up a grand slam to Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli swings and strikes out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli swings and strikes out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester walks to the dug out after pitching in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester walks to the dug out after pitching in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, flips his bat in front of Oakland Athletics' Derek Norris after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, flips his bat in front of Oakland Athletics' Derek Norris after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone looks to home plate as Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, left, rounds third base on a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone looks to home plate as Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, left, rounds third base on a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Brian Butterfield (13) in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Brian Butterfield (13) in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates his solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates his solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia fields the ground ball hit by Oakland Athletics'  Craig Gentry before turning the double play in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia fields the ground ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Craig Gentry before turning the double play in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Fans display k's representing Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester's strike outs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Fans display k's representing Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester's strike outs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Fans cheer after Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes caught the fly ball by Oakland Athletics Josh Donaldsonn the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Fans cheer after Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes caught the fly ball by Oakland Athletics Josh Donaldsonn the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, center left, and David Ross celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, center left, and David Ross celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester watches a foul ball by Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester watches a foul ball by Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pauses while pitching in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pauses while pitching in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Chris Capuano walks to the dug out after being replaced in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Chris Capuano walks to the dug out after being replaced in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara pitches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara pitches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie, left, is forced out at home plate as Boston Red Sox's David Ross throws to first base in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie, left, is forced out at home plate as Boston Red Sox's David Ross throws to first base in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli appeals to the dug out after a called throwing error by David Ross in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli appeals to the dug out after a called throwing error by David Ross in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell argues a call with first base umpire Mark Ripperger in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell argues a call with first base umpire Mark Ripperger in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • The Oakland Athletics watch from the dug out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Oakland Athletics watch from the dug out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics'  Alberto Callaspo strikes out swing in front of Boston Red Sox's David Ross in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics' Alberto Callaspo strikes out swing in front of Boston Red Sox's David Ross in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, left, and Mike Napoli celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, left, and Mike Napoli celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pitches in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pitches in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pitches in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pitches in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone (57) looks to the outfield as Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, right, rounds third base after hitting a grand slam in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone (57) looks to the outfield as Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, right, rounds third base after hitting a grand slam in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A young fan holds a sign in the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    A young fan holds a sign in the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara (19) and Will Middlebrooks, right, celebrate behind teammate Mike Napoli (12) after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014.  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara (19) and Will Middlebrooks, right, celebrate behind teammate Mike Napoli (12) after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara (19) and David Ross celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara (19) and David Ross celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Oakland Athletics' Nick Punto (1) and Coco Crisp (4) celebrate after scoring on a double by Jed Lowrie in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Oakland Athletics' Nick Punto (1) and Coco Crisp (4) celebrate after scoring on a double by Jed Lowrie in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester smiles as he walks off the field after retiring the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester smiles as he walks off the field after retiring the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, center, celebrates his grand slam that also drove in, from left, Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Fans sit in the bleachers at Fenway Park before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • A Fenway Park scorekeeper carries a ladder before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Landsdowne Street outside Fenway Park is seen before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics' Jesse Chavez warms up before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Fans stand in the bleachers before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Fans on top of the Green Monster at Fenway Park are seen before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics players interact with fans on the Green Monster at Fenway Park before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics players warmup before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox  in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. warms up before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, right, celebrates his grand slam with David Ortiz (34) in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes rounds first base after hitting a grand slam in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes celebrates his grand slam in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia warms up before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone reacts after giving up a grand slam to Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli swings and strikes out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester walks to the dug out after pitching in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, flips his bat in front of Oakland Athletics' Derek Norris after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone looks to home plate as Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, left, rounds third base on a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Brian Butterfield (13) in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates his solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia fields the ground ball hit by Oakland Athletics'  Craig Gentry before turning the double play in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Fans display k's representing Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester's strike outs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Fans cheer after Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes caught the fly ball by Oakland Athletics Josh Donaldsonn the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, center left, and David Ross celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester watches a foul ball by Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pauses while pitching in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Chris Capuano walks to the dug out after being replaced in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara pitches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie, left, is forced out at home plate as Boston Red Sox's David Ross throws to first base in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli appeals to the dug out after a called throwing error by David Ross in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell argues a call with first base umpire Mark Ripperger in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • The Oakland Athletics watch from the dug out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics'  Alberto Callaspo strikes out swing in front of Boston Red Sox's David Ross in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, left, and Mike Napoli celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pitches in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester pitches in the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics' Tommy Milone (57) looks to the outfield as Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, right, rounds third base after hitting a grand slam in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • A young fan holds a sign in the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara (19) and Will Middlebrooks, right, celebrate behind teammate Mike Napoli (12) after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014.  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara (19) and David Ross celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Oakland Athletics' Nick Punto (1) and Coco Crisp (4) celebrate after scoring on a double by Jed Lowrie in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester smiles as he walks off the field after retiring the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – Jon Lester didn’t feel very good warming up before the game. He couldn’t have done much better once it started.

The lefty struck out a career-high 15, allowing one hit over eight scoreless innings and pitching the Boston Red Sox over the Oakland Athletics, 6-3, yesterday.

“It’s probably the worst cutter I’ve thrown in a bullpen in a long time, but I don’t take much stock in my bullpens anymore,” Lester said. “You’re down there to get loose. I think the biggest thing for me is just getting on the mound and getting that adrenaline going.”

He faced 26 batters and just nine hit the ball in fair territory. The only A’s to reach base against him were Craig Gentry on a leadoff single in the third and Derek Norris on walks to start the fifth and eighth.

“Just the combination of power and command was impressive,” Boston Manager John Farrell said. “He was locked in seemingly from the first pitch.”

Lester (3-4) got plenty of support on a grand slam by Jonny Gomes and solo homers by David Ortiz and David Ross in Boston’s second straight win after losing a day-night doubleheader to Tampa Bay on Thursday.

But Oakland scored three runs off Chris Capuano in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate before Koji Uehara struck out Alberto Callaspo and retired Brandon Moss on a fly to right, securing his seventh save in seven opportunities.

“I knew we had it the whole way,” Lester said. “We’ve got the best closer in baseball out there.”

The only hit off Lester was Gentry’s bloop single in the third over the head of second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

“That’s the best performance I’ve seen him have,” Oakland’s Nick Punto said.

Lester rebounded from taking the loss in his previous two games by striking out nine of his first 13 batters. His previous strikeout best was 13 on July 24, 2010, in a 5-1 loss at Seattle.

“He looked pretty cozy out there,” Gomes said.

Lester, who threw a no-hitter on May 19, 2008, against Kansas City, struck out every hitter in the Oakland lineup, fanning Josh Reddick three times and Punto, Callaspo, Coco Crisp and Josh Donaldson twice each.

Gomes hit the fifth slam of his career one day after Pedroia hit one. Tommy Milone (0-3) allowed Gomes’s homer after Pedroia walked, Xander Bogaerts singled and Ortiz walked.

“It always seems that every time you walk somebody they have a tendency of scoring,” Milone said, “so it just took that one big hit from Gomes to set the tone.”

Milone struck out the next four batters but ran into trouble again in the third when Ortiz led off with his sixth homer of the year. Ross started the fourth with his third homer.

Lester threw 119 pitches before being replaced by Capuano to start the ninth. In his previous two starts, Lester threw 118 pitches in a 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees on April 22 and 122 in a 4-1 loss at Toronto last Sunday.

Punto started the ninth with a double and took third on a single by Crisp. Both scored when Jed Lowrie doubled and left fielder Gomes threw wildly to the plate for an error. After Donaldson was hit by a pitch, Uehara walked Yoenis Cespedes.

Norris hit into a forceout at home, but catcher Ross’s throw to first went wild, allowing a run to score before Uehara ended the threat.

“It’s easy to just cash it in after you’ve struck out 15 times in eight innings and hadn’t had too many good swings and you’re frustrated,” Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said, “and then to get those kind of at-bats in the ninth inning, it’s good.”

NOTES

Capuano hadn’t allowed a run in his other 12 outings this season.

Pedroia has reached base 35 times in his last 17 games.

The Athletics have scored no runs while Milone was in the game in his three losses.

Sonny Gray (4-1) pitches for Oakland in the finale of the three-game series against John Lackey (4-2) today.

The crowd cheered each time a Red Sox worker walked along the left-field warning track to change the number next to the Bruins name on the scoreboard after each of their last three goals in Game 2 of their playoff series against Montreal. Boston was trailing, 3-1, in the third period then scored four goals in the last nine minutes to win, 5-3, and even the series at 1.

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