BOSTON (AP) -- Big Papi almost looks as if he never missed all that time.
David Ortiz had two hits and drove in a run, Stephen Drew hit a two-run triple, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics, 6-5, on Wednesday afternoon to take a three-game series.
Sox 6, A's 5
"When you consider eight months down and I don't know how many at-bats he's had, 15 or so and you consider the number of hits he's compiled, it is impressive," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He's got such good plate coverage. Against lefties he goes the other way for a double and hits one through the hole.
"He's pretty amazing to watch and he's run the bases well. There's no issues as far as his intensity as well -- as he's run with. He's really given us a lift in the middle of the order."
It was Boston's ninth win in 12 games and came after a 13-0 loss to Oakland a night earlier.
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.
But he doesn't feel that well yet.
"I'm not really concerned with getting injured," he said. "But there's still some concern because I'm not 100 percent yet."
Ortiz has multiple hits in three of his four games.
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.
Jon Lester (4-0) got the win despite walking a season-high six and lasting just 52/3 innings. He allowed three runs on six hits, striking out five and walking two more than he had in his previous four starts.
Oakland was hurt by another rough start by Brett Anderson.
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 102/3 innings.
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 by left-handers. The Red Sox broke a 3-all tie and chased Anderson in the fifth.