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Red Sox Rewind: Lester Unable to Reach 10 Wins; Crawford on DL

Jon Lester (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

With Jon Lester on the mound, Red Sox fans expected another blowout on Saturday night. It turned out Randy Wolf got the best of the Sox hitters and the Brewers came away with the 4-2 victory. Lester surrendered back-to-back home runs to Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart to start off the first inning and Milwaukee never looked back.

Wolf went 7.0 innings, giving up two runs off nine hits while striking out three and walking one. He improved his record to 5-3. Lester went 8.0 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) and seven hits while striking out eight and walking three. He failed to be the first in the majors to reach the 10-win mark and saw his record dip to 9-3.

Lester thought he pitched well but still gives credit to Wolf for having a strong outing.

“Obviously, with the way we’ve been swinging the bats lately, I thought for sure if I just kept them where they were at we’d have a chance,” Lester said. “But you’ve got to tip your hat to Randy Wolf tonight. He threw the ball better than I did. That’s the main thing, you’ve got to outpitch the other guy. He did that tonight.”

Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Cameron tied things up in the second inning with consecutive RBIs but the Brewers came back in the third with a home run by George Kottaras and an RBI by Casey McGehee.

The Red Sox placed Carl Crawford on the 15-day DL before the game with a strained left hamstring. He was replaced by Darnell McDonald in left field and went 0-for-3.

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