Two very good starts, and nothing to show for it - that's Jon Lester's 2012 season in a nutshell after his first two starts. Coming off the Opening Day loss to Justin Verlander and the Detroits Tigers, Lester pitched 8 very strong innings allowing just 3 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 6 in a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays. The problem continues to be the offense which scratched out only 3 hits against Toronto starter Ricky Romero

Most of the scoring in the game came in the 3rd inning. The Red Sox got on the board on an RBI single by Jacoby Ellsbury that scored Mike Aviles in the top of the 3rd inning. Toronto responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. They added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th.

Ellsbury, Aviles and Cody Ross had the only hits for the Red Sox who are clearly not firing on all cylinders at the plate.

NOTES - The Red Sox had the tying runs in scoring position in the top of the 9th with just one out, but Kevin Youkilis struck out and David Ortiz grounded out to end the game.

The loss wrapped up a 1-5 road trip to open the season. After an off day tomorrow, the Red Sox play the Rays at Fenway on Friday in the home opener.

Mike Aviles was back in the lineup after sitting out Tuesday night.

The "big" news of the day was that former manager Terry Francona revealed that he will not be a part of next week's 100th anniversary ceremonies at Fenway Park.

Jim Monaghan 4/11/2012 02:17:00 PM Edit
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