The Guru
Contributing Writer

It was supposed to be a showdown of aces. Big Jon Lester vs. King Felix. Problem was, only one showed up.

Felix Hernandez held Boston to just six hits and two runs in seven innings of work as the Seattle Mariners beat up on the Red Sox 11-4.

Lester was not at his best. The Red Sox starter struggled with his command through five innings, giving up nine hits and five runs including a bases loaded walk to the number nine hitter.

Lester also seemed to lose his composure as he had words for home plate umpire Ed Hickox after the fifth inning.

While Lester had looked good in his previous two starts, he took a step backwards last night. Lester has just two wins now in his last ten starts to drop his record to 8-5.

After the Mariners took an early 2-0 lead, the Red Sox were able to scrape together two runs in the fifth inning on a hit by pitch, two singles and a wild pitch to tie the score.

However, Lester couldn't hold the lead giving up a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to 41-year-old Raul Ibanez.

Ibanez now has 22 homers on the year. The MLB record for home runs by a player over the age of 40 is 29 by Ted Williams in 1960.

The Red Sox bullpen did not fare any better as Alex Wilson and Jose De La Torre gave up six runs and made the 2013 Mariners look like the '27 Yankees. Was Raul Ibanez on that team too?

The Red Sox will try to get their first win of this West Coast tour on Tuesday as rookie Allen Webster (1-2, 7.88) faces off against tough Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma (7-4, 2.60).

Comments on Monday's game? Okay, let's just forget it.

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