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October 25, 2013

Lester and Ross a winning combo for Red Sox

BOSTON — Jon Lester has put together an outstanding postseason with David Ross on the receiving end.

Boston’s light-hitting backup catcher has been behind the plate for Lester’s last three outings, and the left-hander has allowed just three earned runs in 19 1-3 innings.

“Me and him (have) kind of fallen into a little bit of a pattern, a little bit of a routine together, and it’s worked,” Lester said after pitching 7 2-3 shutout innings in Boston’s 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. “And we’ll just keep riding it out until the end.”

Lester was 1-2 in his first three games with Ross this season. Since then, they are 5-1. The only loss came in Game 1 of the AL championship series, a 1-0 win by Detroit in which the Tigers allowed just one hit, coming with one out in the ninth inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught Lester’s first postseason game, a 12-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Count on the Lester-Ross combination to make another appearance in Game 5, if there is one.

“They’ve really developed, I think, a really good rapport,” Boston manager John Farrell said. They have the “ability to read swings and make some adjustments from at-bat to at-bat or each time through the lineup. And we did it in the two games that Jon pitched against Detroit.

“So everything right now would point to that same tandem.”

ALL WRONG FOR WAINWRIGHT: Nothing went right for Adam Wainwright early in the World Series opener.

The Boston Red Sox refused to chase his swooping curveball, took advantage when the right-hander let a popup fall in front of the mound for a hit in the second inning and went on to beat the Cardinals 8-1 on Wednesday night.

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