Red Sox Vs. Indians: Boston Falls To 0-6, Matching Worst Start Since 1945

Jon Lester was great on Thursday, but the Boston offense continued its struggles as the Red Sox lost to the Indians, 1-0. Boston is now 0-6, which is their worst start since 1945, when they opened 0-8.

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Red Sox Vs. Indians: Boston Wastes Jon Lester's Outing, Falls To 0-6

For the first time since 1945, the Boston Red Sox have started a season 0-6. The 2011 version dropped their sixth-straight game to open this new campaign Thursday afternoon in Cleveland, falling to the Indians, 1-0. 

Jon Lester did his part to see the Red Sox get their first win of the season, allowing just three hits in seven shutout innings, while striking out nine batters. But once again, Boston's bats were quieted, this time by Fausto Carmona, a pitcher who less than a week ago surrendered 10 runs on 11 hits to the Chicago White Sox

The Red Sox' offense managed just four hits -- two from Marco Scutaro, the No. 9 hitter -- while leaving six runners on base. Five of Boston's starters are now batting .176 or lower. Which is laughably awful. 

Giving credit where credit is due, the Red Sox are at least finding new ways to lose each time. Thursday, it was on a suicide squeeze. With one out in the eighth inning, Asdrubal Cabrera laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line, scoring Adam Everett from third. And that was enough for the win. 

The Red Sox make their home debut on Friday, against the New York Yankees, at 2:05 p.m. ET.

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Red Sox vs. Indians: Jon Lester, Boston Seek First Win Of 2011

Sixty-six years ago. That's the last time the Boston Red Sox started a season 0-6. Jon Lester will get the start Thursday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians (12:05 p.m. ET, NESN), charged with making sure Boston avoids its worst start since 1945. 

Here are the lineups, via Over The Monster. Same lineup as on Tuesday for the Red Sox, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia back behind the plate:

Boston Red Sox

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
9. Marco Scutaro, SS

Cleveland Indians

1. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Shelley Duncan, DH
6. Austin Kearns, LF
7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
8. Travis Buck, CF
9. Adam Everett, 3B

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Boston Red Sox Fall To 0-5, Matching Worst Start In 15 Years

For the first time since 1996, the Boston Red Sox are 0-5. Panicking yet? 

With Wednesday night's loss to the Cleveland Indians, the Red Sox equaled their worst start in 15 years. As a team, Boston is hitting .190 -- and of its 31 hits, 17 have come from three players (Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz). Starters Marco Scutaro, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kevin Youkilis are a combined 4-for-41. And the offense has produced a total of 16 runs. Sixteens runs in five games! With two of those games coming against the Indians, a team that has lost 93 and 97 games the past two seasons. 

But it's not just the offense. The Red Sox' team ERA is 8.33, the worst in MLB.

Our Red Sox blog, Over The Monster, struggles to paint a positive picture.  

A purely objective look at the Red Sox' position right now shows that they are only three games behind of the Yankees (no, we will not be counting in the Orioles as legitimate contenders just yet)--a situation far better than the one they faced a month into the 2010 season. The Sox might not have made it to the postseason then, running out of gas as the injuries continued around July, but they overcame a larger mountain, setting the precedent to do it again.

A more subjective look at things, however, sets off alarms. Drop three to the Rangers? That can happen. Follow it up by making two mediocre pitchers look like Cy Young contenders while giving up two more games to the Indians? We're in trouble.

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