Lester comes up aces

His Game 5 masterpiece confirms his place in a rare class of starting pitchers

Updated: October 29, 2013, 10:01 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

ST. LOUIS -- The inevitable blip, the defining moment of Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester's evening unfolded in the fourth inning when he left a fastball out over the plate and watched Matt Holliday launch a rocket into the center-field seats.

Just like that, his Game 5 World Series shutout was kaput and Boston's 1-0 advantage was erased. And, when Carlos Beltran followed with a bomb of his own to the warning track in left-center, Lester knew what you were thinking, because he was thinking ...

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