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David Ortiz was taken out of his third spot in the batting order Tuesday night for the first time since 2005. Batting sixth, Big Papi doubled in his first at bat when he found the gap in right-center field. He later walked as part of a 1-3 night, so let’s hope that the move continues to help him find his swing again. J.D. Drew, meanwhile, went 0-3 with a walk while batting in Big Papi’s customary No. 3 spot.
Jon Lester meanwhile, was brilliant through the first four innings against the Twins, allowing two hits and zero runs. The same problem plagued Lester in the fifth inning as it has all season: allowing the big inning. In the fifth, Lester unraveled and allowed five earned runs, including a three-run shot to Justin Morneau. He pitched through six innings, but left with the Red Sox trailing 5-1.
The Sox offense didn’t do much else the rest of the game, but scored a run in the seventh and fell by a final of 5-2.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF: Ellsbury is on an absolute tear lately. On Tuesday, he finished 2-5 and scored both of the Sox runs. He now has a 21-game hitting streak.
Jon Lester, SP: He hasn’t really shown any signs of last year’s brilliance. This season, Lester has allowed at least five runs in six of his 10 starts. Sadly, that won’t win you many ballgames.
W: Nick Blackburn (4-2)
L: Jon Lester (3-5)
S: Joe Nathan (7)