[photogallerylink id=41020 align=right]Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings and Victor Martinez homered twice off All-Star David Price, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Friday night to tighten the AL wild-card race.
Lester (14-8) rebounded from the worst outing of his career to win for the third time in four starts. The left-hander walked five and uncorked three wild pitches, but also struck out 10 while limiting the Rays to two hits and an unearned run.
Martinez hit two-out solo homers off Price (15-6) in the first and seventh. David Ortiz doubled and scored on Jed Lowrie’s two-out single off the left-hander to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the fourth.