Good pitchers know how to minimize the damage.

Rookie right-hander Allen Webster did just that on Thursday, and picked up his first career Major League win in the process, as the Red Sox defeated the San Diego Padres 8-2 at Fenway Park.

Webster had gone 0-2 with a 9.50 ERA in his first four starts. But in his fifth on Thrusday, he allowed just two runs while giving up five hits, walking four, and striking out four on 97 pitches.

His offense gave him some help by putting up seven runs by the time he was officially taken out of the game. But no matter how it came, Webster's first career win is special.

"It's a huge relief," he said afterwards. "Just big pressure of my shoulders. Finally got that number one out of the way."

"It's very significant," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Not just with the first [win] in what we hope to be a long career for him, but anytime a starter walks off the mound with a win next to his name, I think there's further ratification and the known fact that they've gotten something for the five days of work that they've put in. And I think it can not only bring confidence, but certainly relaxation. In [Webster's] case, I think that's a big step in his whole transition here."

Webster allowed a run in the third on a Chase Headley sac fly with the bases loaded. He then walked the bases loaded again, but was able to get Mark Kotsay to ground out to end the inning while just allowing one run.

Then in the fifth inning, Webster allowed another run on a Jesus Guzman single to left field. With runners then at the corners and the pressure on, Webster was able to get out of the inning with a line-drive out.

"I think with each passing start here at this level, he starts to get his feet underneath him," said Farrell. "And clearly he's a work in progress. But I thought today he made a couple of big pitches when he had to.