Lester’s struggles continue, Red Sox drop third straight

The Red Sox did something Monday night they hadn’t done since the second week of May — lose three games in a row. It was a frustrating night, particularly for Red Sox starter Jon Lester in the Sox’ 11-4 loss to the Mariners Monday night in Seattle. The Sox have now lost three games in a row for the first time since May 9.

Lester who seemed to take a step direction in his last start, took a step back in his latest start as he allowed five runs on nine hits in just five-plus innings of work. The left-hander struck out six and walked two, throwing 112 pitches with his ERA rising to 4.60. After the Mariners scored the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth, the Sox tied the game in the top of the fifth, only to see Lester allow the tying run in the fifth and then two more in the sixth to allow the Mariners to pull away and never look back.

Things didn’t get much better for Red Sox pitching as Alex Wilson allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings and Jose De La Torre also allowed three runs in 1 2/3 inning of work.

The Red Sox scored two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single from Daniel Nava and then a wild pitch, before scoring two runs in the eighth on RBI doubles from Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. David Ortiz and Daniel Nava paced the offense with two hits each in the loss.

The teams will continue their four-game series tomorrow night (10:10, NESN) where Allen Webster will take on Hisashi Iawakuma.

What they’ll be saying: It’s been a tale of two seasons for Lester as he continues to struggle. In his first nine starts his ERA was 2.58, but over his last ten starts it’s rose over four points to 6.62, which is a beginning to become an issue for the Sox. Coming into the game desperate for a win, these are the type of games the Sox need Lester to put the team on his back and pick up a win … Tuesday is a big start for Webster as he will look to put an end to the Sox’ three-game losing streak. Luckily for Webster he should have some confidence after earning his first major league win in his last start.

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