CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Making his sixth spring training outing, Jon Lester dominated the Phillies Monday afternoon in the Red Sox' 6-0 win at Bright House Field.
Lester allowed just two hits and no runs over seven innings, striking out 10 and not walking a batter. He was followed up by scoreless innings from Matt Albers and Ross Ohlendorf.
"I think that speaks for itself. I don't have to describe it," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "That's what he was aiming to do. I don't know if he was thinking about throwing 90 pitches and striking 10, but that's pretty good."
"I felt pretty much the same as last time, I was just able to get the ball down in the zone a little bit more," Lester said. "Obviously when you're able to do that you're able to get better results than last time."
Lester, who attributed his strikeout total to keeping the ball down in the zone, only reached a three-ball count to one batter.
"The more pitches a batter sees, the more predictable you can get," he said. "The more three-pitch outs the better, and for the most part we were able to do that today."
Leading the Red Sox' offense were Dustin Pedroia, Cody Ross and Mauro Gomez, who each came away with home runs. For Pedroia it was his second homer of the spring, while Ross now has three.
"I feel good," said Ross, who is now hitting .343. "I've had springs where I've felt good all spring and I've had springs where I've felt bad all spring. Obviously it's better to go into the season with confidence. Sometimes in the spring you're getting caught up, just trying to see pitches and you find yourself hitting .250 at the end of March. Or you can go out and swing at the first pitch and hit doubles and homers. For me it's a little bit of both, being aggressive but at the same time recognizing spinning curveballs and changeups and sliders and stuff like that. For me it's a combination of things."
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