BOSTON -- Now that Jon Lester has gotten over his troubles in April, perhaps he can figure out what's gone wrong in May.
Lester was shelled for seven runs in 5 23 innings Monday night in a 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Though the loss was his first this month -- and first since April 12 -- the start pushed Lester's ERA in May to 5.50.
Lester issued four walks and hit two others batters. A one-out, bases-loaded bloop single to right by Alexi Ramirez snapped a 3-3 tie in the sixth and Carlos Quentin greeted reliever Dan Wheeler with a two-run single to tack on two more.
Before being lifted, Lester threw 127 pitches, becoming the third Red Sox pitcher to throw 125 or more pitches in a start this season.
The Sox got a solo homer from Adrian Gonzalez in the first and a two-run single by Dustin Pedroia in the third, but were blanked over their final six innings. Jake Peavy improved to 2-0, going seven innings.
Boston managed just seven hits and after scoring 14 or more runs three times in the span of seven games, the team has scored just seven runs in its last three games combined.