With the opportunity to give the depleted bullpen a breather and facing a weak, predominately left-handed Mariners lineup, Red Sox starter Jon Lester struggled. Again.
Lester allowed five runs in five lackluster innings, walked in a run to the number nine hitter, sulked on the mound, was angry at umpires and was pulled in the sixth after allowing a pair of leadoff hits. Both men scored.
Lester's road ERA this season is now 5.73.
“The team’s been doing pretty good,” Lester told reporters after Monday's third straight loss. “I think I’ve thrown the ball better at times — better than what my line scores have been showing. There have been some bad ones mixed in there, but after the last start and this start, maybe start stringing some good ones together and get on a little bit of a roll.”
Is Lester your ace? Is Lester the guy you want on the mound in the first game of a playoff series? What about a deciding seventh game?
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