A lot of Boston fans might wake up Monday morning not remembering Sunday’s Red Sox game, but those hungover St. Patrick’s Day partygoers will be happy to learn that their hometown team was damn near perfect against the Rays.

Jon Lester really was perfect. He didn’t allow a baserunner in six sparkling innings, while once again demonstrating ace-like stuff. He threw 79 pitches (53 strikes) and struck out six while looking every bit as dominant as his stat line indicates.

Lester controlled both sides of the plate with a great deal of efficiency. His command was tremendous, and his cutter — which is as good as you’ll find in baseball when the lefty is on his game– was in top form. Lester mixed up his pitches well, and his ability to change speeds throughout a given at-bat had Rays hitters off-balance throughout the contest.

Sunday’s start marks Lester’s most encouraging work yet, but it’s really just a continuation of what we’ve seen develop all spring. The left-hander seemed to arrive at camp with a chip on his shoulder, and he has been lights out in his five outings. Lester has now allowed just two runs on six hits in 20 innings of work (0.90 ERA), striking out 16 and walking four in the process.