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Lester pitches Red Sox to 7-4 win over Blue Jays

Friday - 6/28/2013, 12:06pm  ET

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester walks back to the mound with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after an apparent injury while throwing during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- With one ace already on the disabled list, the Boston Red Sox weren't taking any chances when their other star pitcher landed awkwardly after a pitch late in the game.

By that point, though, Jon Lester had more than done his job.

Lester pitched into the eighth inning before jamming his right hip and leaving the game, and Dustin Pedroia homered during a seven-run second to help the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night.

"I slipped a little bit. I guess the doctors were kind of calling it a little jammed hip, a type of zinging sensation down my leg." Lester said. "It just didn't feel normal and like I said, at that point in the game, especially with that offense -- they can score some runs in a hurry -- so there's no point in trying to be a hero. We've got a long way to go the rest of the season."

Toronto, which reeled off 11 straight wins this month, had won 12 of its past 14 games and 15 of 19 to close within 6
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