MLB: Boston 6, Cleveland 2

July 23, 2007 at 11:42 PM
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CLEVELAND, July 23 (UPI) -- Cancer survivor Jon Lester held Cleveland to two runs Monday in his first start in 11 months and the Boston Red Sox rolled to a 6-2 victory.

Lester (1-0) struck out six while giving up five hits and three walks over six innings in his first major-league start since Aug. 23. He set down the final eight batters he faced as Boston won its fourth straight.

The 23-year-old was 7-2 with the Red Sox in 2006 after being promoted from Pawtucket. But he went on the disabled list in September when he was diagnosed with of a treatable form of anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Many Ramirez, Coco Crisp and Dustin Pedroia keyed the Red Sox' offense. Ramirez contributed a two-run double, Crisp went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, and Pedroia had three hits and scored a run.

Cleveland's Jake Westbrook (1-6) allowed five runs on 10 hits and four walks in six innings. Grady Sizemore hit a two-run homer for the Indians.

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