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.