FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston ace Jon Lester got ready for the regular season by watching another talented left-hander on Saturday night.
Cliff Lee pitched five scoreless innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed three hits, struck out three and walked one in his fourth spring training start.
“You find yourself sometimes trying to match his rhythm and tempo,” Lester said. “It’s one of those deals where he’s special because of that. It’s been his style for a long time. I’m not sure anyone can replicate it. It helps you speed up too. Watching a guy like that throwing strikes makes you want to match that.”
Lester pitched four innings of one-run ball in his second spring start. He gave up two hits, struck out five and walked one.
The Phillies scored one in the first and three in the fifth.
Ben Revere led off the first with a single against Lester. He stole second and scored on Marlon Byrd’s double.
Revere went 2 for 4 and scored twice. Byrd went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and is batting .364 this spring.
Jonny Gomes homered for Boston. David Ortiz went 0 for 3 and is 2 for 25 with nine strikeouts this spring.
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