The Red Sox really needed that one.

After losing nine of 11 games and falling all the way to third place in the American League East, Boston’s offense finally came through Wednesday night, pouring in nine runs in a 9-2 rout of Tampa Bay.

Jon Lester was strong again on the mound, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings to run his record to 6-0, and he credited the Red Sox’ bats for taking some of the heat off him.

“It’s big,” Lester said. “We haven’t scored a bunch of runs lately, and that just takes a lot of pressure off of [the pitchers] to go out there and execute pitches.”

See more from Lester’s postgame comments in the video above.