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The Boston Red Sox’s five-game win streak came to an end on Monday night with a 6-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Jon Lester fell to 6-1 on the season while allowing six runs (five earned) in six innings pitched. He struck out two and walked three with seven hits. He has his highest ERA versus any AL opponent with the White Sox at 5.43.
Lester retired the first two batters of the game before a single for Alex Rios and a five-pitch walk to Paul Konerko put two on for Adam Dunn and Dunn hit a pitch deep into the right field seats to give the White Sox the 3-0 edge they would never relinquish.
The White Sox would add two more in the second inning on a tough ball down the line that Will Middlebrooks couldn’t knock down off the bat of Alejandro De Aza, scoring Tyler Greene from second. Alexei Ramirez laced an RBI double of his own to make it 5-0 off of Lester. All five runs scored with two outs.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia put the Red Sox on the board with a two-run home run to cut the lead to 5-2.
In the fifth, Middlebrooks booted a ball that allowed Ramirez to reach at first and eventually come around to score on a single from Dayan Viciedo to make it 6-2.
Dylan Axelrod went six innings with only two earned runs and two strikeouts. The Red Sox only mustered four hits and a single walk off the White Sox starter.
Middlebrooks made up for his earlier error with a two-run double off of reliever Matt Thorton to make it 6-4.
In the top of the ninth, Mike Napoli led off the inning with a single up the middle off of Addison Reed. Middlebrooks came up after Daniel Nava struck out and he tattooed one deep to center, but the wind knocked it down for just a loud flyout. Stephen Drew grounded out to first to end the game. It was Reed’s 15th save of the season.