Jon Lester pitched better than his line indicated last night.

That was the assessment made by manager Bobby Valentine following the Red Sox' 6-4 win against the Detroit Tigers before an energized Fenway Park crowd.

"I thought he had his best stuff of the year tonight," Valentine said. "His curveball and his cutter had hitters jumping back, and the two-seamer was electric."

Lester (3-4, 4.79 ERA) allowed four runs on a season-high 10 hits in 62/3 innings, but he did not issue a walk and struck out seven. He ran into trouble in the first and third innings, but he was able to stay effective deep in the game and ultimately took a no-decision.