Sunday, June 16, 2013

Again, 'Lester' Rather Than More; Sox Lose, 6-3

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Jon Lester continued his long slide from dominance to doghouse with five more uninspired innings in a 6-3 Red Sox loss. There was a time when the feathered ones from Camden could not touch Lester, now he's just another lefty. Lester threw 106 pitches, gave up nine hits and five runs—and coughed up a monster 2-run HR to Chris Davis. Behind 5-0, Will Middlebrooks unloaded his 9th HR of the year—a three-run blast that got Boston relatively close. But the Carmine Hose managed just six hits all day and the Baltimore bullpen shut them down the rest of the way. Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 17 games with one hit—he's now hitting a paltry .438. Richard Gere threw out the first pitch—and it's unclear if the Red Sox could have gotten to him today.