If Jon Lester was hoping that the second half of the season represented a fresh start for him, he didn't get one Tuesday night.
Instead, it was more of the same for Lester: allowing runs early and showing an inability to preserve leads. Lester was shelled for seven runs in just four innings as the Sox dropped a 7-5 contest to the Chicago White Sox.
The outing marked the third time this season that Lester, 5-7, has allowed seven runs this season. The big blow off him came in the fourth when Kevin Youkilis mashed a ball into the Monster Seats for a three-run homer.
Lester allowed two runs in the first and another in the second, the latter after the Sox had rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the first.
In his last two starts, Lester has failed to get through the
Carl Crawford (three hits, three steals) and Adrian Gonzalez had run-scoring singles off
Chicago starter Philip Humber in the first. The Sox were then blanked until the eighth whenWill Middlebrooks had a run-scoring double and Kelly Shoppach added a pinch-hit two-run homer.