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Lester fails to regain ace form in huge loss for Red Sox



Boston Red Sox merchandiseJon Lester could not get anything going in the 15-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.

Lester threw only four innings before being yanked in the top of the fifth inning, after allowing a two-run home run to Travis Snider that put the Blue Jays up 11-4.

The lefty allowed nine hits and a career-high 11 runs, while throwing only 94 pitches in his outing. He walked five and struck out two.

The Blue Jays got to Lester early by scoring five in the first and four in the second. Brett Lawrie led off the game with a homer on the first pitch of the game, before a ground-rule double by Edwin Encarnacion scored Yunel Escobar to put the Blue Jays up 2-0.

Toronto added three more in the inning on a groundout to second for J.P. Arencibia, a double for Rajai Davis and a sacrifice bunt to the catcher for Jeff Mathis.

The Red Sox came back in the bottom of the first with a three-run bomb for Adrian Gonzalez that was way gone in the bleacher seats passed the bullpens.

In the second inning, Arencibia added to his offensive outing with a three-run shot off of Lester to put the Blue Jays back up by five at 8-3. Davis hit one to go back-to-back and made it 9-3.

The Red Sox weren’t done yet.

Mike Aviles cut the lead to 9-4 on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Jacoby Ellsbury added a solo shot to center to make it 11-5. The Sox tacked on two runs in the sixth on an Aviles double to score Ryan Sweeney and a Nick Punto single to left that cut the lead to 11-7.

The Blue Jays pitching staff settled down to retire the last 10 batters in the game.

The Toronto starter, Henderson Alvarez, went 5 2/3 innings while allowing seven runs and eight hits. He only walked one batter on 104 pitches.

Mark Melancon came into the eighth inning and gave up the final four runs for the Blue Jays. Colby Rasmus singled to center off of Melancon to score two runs. Encarnacion hit a sacrifice fly to right and Snider added his own sacrifice fly to put the game away at 15-7.

The Blue Jays now leapfrog over the Red Sox to fourth place in the A.L. East. The Red Sox move back to .500 on the season.

The Red Sox will now head to Texas for a three-game set against the Rangers. The Blue Jays, after the day off on Monday, will take on the hot Oakland Athletics, who just swept a four-game series against the New York Yankees.



By: Brian Roach
MLBCenter.com Boston Red Sox Correspondent

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