Thursday July 04, 2013 | 06:08 AM

Jonny Gomes provided the thrill with another walk-off home run in Boston.

But the most encouraging aspect of Wednesday night at Fenway was Jon Lester going seven innings: 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K. When you consider how Lester rebounded from the first inning (3 H, 1 R, 32 pitches), it is even more impressive.

Another lefty, Sea Dogs starter Drake Britton, also went seven innings (and he did not reach 32 pitches until he finished the third inning). Britton's line: 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K. The best part of Britton's night is that he did not give up hard-hit balls. See today's story.

And now, can we talk about a couple of third basemen?

Will Middlebrooks actually did not play third on Wednesday night in Pawtucket. He served as the DH. Middlebrooks' night: 4-for-5, 2 HR, 8 RBI. Think someone wants to get back to Boston?

In Portland, Garin Cecchini has been playing third for the Sea Dogs for less than two weeks. He is playing fine defense while batting .366. Wednesday featured a 3-for-4 night and his first Double-A home run.

A couple more notes about that Pawtucket game: Jackie Bradley Jr. (.305) was 2-for-4 with his seventh home run ... Outfielder Alex Hassan (.340) played first base, going 2-for-4 ... and Xander Bogaerts (.254) took a turn at third base. He was 1-for-4.

The Red Sox play at 1:30 today (Allen Webster on the mound), while the Sea Dogs and knuckler Charlie Haeger go at 6 p.m.

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