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April 25, 2013

Drew and Ortiz carry Red Sox past A's 6-5

BOSTON — Stephen Drew hit a two-run triple, David Ortiz had two hits and drove in a run and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon to take a three-game series.

It was Boston’s ninth win in 12 games and came after a 13-0 loss to Oakland a night earlier.

Chris Young had a three-run homer and a solo shot for the Athletics, who finished a six-game road trip 1-5. They were swept at the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend.

Ortiz is 8 for 16 since returning to the lineup on Saturday for the first time since last August. He missed 71 of the final 72 games last season and all of spring training’s with an Achilles tendon injury.

Jon Lester (4-0) got the win despite walking a season-high six and lasting just 5 2-3 innings. He allowed three runs on six hits, striking out five and walking two more than he had in his previous four starts.

Andrew Bailey struck out all three batters in the ninth for his fifth save.

It was Lester’s 89th career win, matching Babe Ruth for fifth in club history for left-handers.

Brett Anderson (1-4) was hit hard for the third straight start, giving up six runs on eight hits in four-plus innings. In the last three, he’s been tagged for 17 runs in 10 2-3 innings.

The Red Sox broke a 3-all tie and chased Anderson with a three-run fifth. Jacoby Ellsbury opened the inning with an infield hit and scored on Shane Victorino’s double. Dustin Pedroia reached on an infield hit and Ortiz followed with an RBI single. Chris Resop relieved and hit Mike Napoli with the first pitch before Daniel Nava had a pinch-hit single. After Will Middlebrooks flied out, Jerry Blevins entered and retired the final two batters, leaving the bases loaded.

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