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The Boston Red Sox have started the new season almost as poorly as the last. With Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Sox will head back to Fenway with a 1-5 record, barely better than last year’s 0-6 opening.
Taking the loss was Jon Lester, who pitched the Red Sox’ first complete game of the season, albeit only eight innings long. The loss leaves Lester winless after two starts, despite giving up only four runs in 15 innings over his first two starts of 2012.
For the Jays, Ricky Romero was superb, going 8.1 innings while allowing one run on just three hits. Sergio Santos came in to get the last two outs and earn his first save of the season in his third try.
Both starters retired the first six batters they faced, but both struggled in the third inning. Cody Ross led off with a single in the top of the inning, but was cut down at third on a poor bunt attempt from Kelly Shoppach. Jacoby Ellsbury then singled home Mike Aviles to make it 1-0 Red Sox with runners on first and second.
An Adrian Gonzalez ground out ended the Sox threat, and Lester wasted no time in giving up the lead. A wild pitch allowed Eric Thames to move into scoring position, and Rajai Davis tripled to put the go-ahead run 90 feet away.
Yunel Escober hit a sacrifice fly to give Toronto the lead, and that was all the support that Romero needed to earn his first win of the young season.
The Red Sox’ next game is their home opener on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Josh Beckett (0-1) will face David Price (1-0).