Starter Jon Lester didn't have his best stuff in what was his worst outing of the season and took his first loss of the year as well. The left-hander went six innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits while striking out two and walking three. All of the White Sox runs were scored with two outs. Clayton Mortensen and Craig Breslow closed out the game, throwing a scoreless inning apiece in the loss.
Things didn't get off to the best start for the Red Sox as the White Sox scored five times in the first two innings, highlighted by a three-run home run from Adam Dunn in the first. The Red Sox didn't give up as they fought back on a two-run homer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the third, and then a two-run double from Will Middlebrooks in the seventh, but in the end it wasn't enough as the Red Sox finished with just six hits in the loss.
Saltalamacchia paced the offensive with his two hits in the No. 9 spot, while Dustin Pedroia did extend his 12-game hit streak with an infield single.
The teams will return to the diamond tomorrow night (8:10, NESN) for the second game of a three-game series. Felix Doubront will start for the Red Sox and the White Sox will counter with Jose Quintana.
What they'll be saying: It was a frustrating loss for the Red Sox as things just wouldn't go their way starting with the White Sox scoring all of their runs with two outs. Of their four, run producing hits two of them came with two strikes as well. Middlebrooks missed a game-tying home run by a foot in the ninth inning flying out to deep center, summing up the night for the Red Sox. They went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position, while the White Sox went 4-for-9 ... Lester took his first loss of the year and his now 6-1. You knew one of these nights was coming for Lester, but the important thing for him now is how he will bounce back in his next start, which should come at home against the Cleveland Indians this weekend.