Red Sox Pitching Prevails in Series Finale with YankeesThree pitchers combined for an amazing effort in the Red Sox series' finale against the New York Yankees, holding the offensive-minded Bronx Bombers to just one run in the 2-1 victory.

Jon Lester earned the win in the stifling afternoon matchup, allowing four hits and no earned runs in 6.1 innings of work. Daniel Bard came out in the sixth and became the first AL pitcher to record 25 holds this season in his 1.1 inning effort, while Jonathan Papelbon struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to earn his 28th save of the season.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona was extremely impressed with Lester's performance, considering the difficult lineup boasted by the Yankees, and the 90-degree heat.

"His strike-to-ball ratio was even early on, and that's hard to do against the Yankees," Francona told NESN's Heidi Watney during Red Sox Extra Innings."Then he got pretty locked in. [The Yankees have] such a good lineup and they're not afraid to make you work. But on a really hot day, he really did a great job."

Listen to all of Francona's views from Monday's game in the video below.