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Brewers 4, Red Sox 2: Boston Bats Falter Against Randy Wolf

The Red Sox fell to the Brewers 4-2 thanks to a strong start from Randy Wolf.

Jon Lester was not nearly so strong, on  the other hand. On the second pitch of the game, he induced a pop-up in foul territory from Rickie Weeks that was dropped by Adrian Gonzalez. On the third, Weeks hit a leadoff home run to make it 1-0.

One pitch later and it was 2-0 thanks to Corey Hart.

Lester tightened up in the next inning, allowing the Sox' offense to go on the attack in the bottom of the second when Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Cameron brought in Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz with two-out RBI to tie the game.

But just as quickly, Lester found himself back in the hole, allowing a homer to George Kottaras to start the third and another run on a couple of walks and a single to the middle-of-the-order.

From there, the offenses both seemed to just shut down. The Red Sox would have at least a baserunner in most of their innings, but wasted their opportunities each-and-every time, as Wolf shut down Adrian Gonzalez and the weakness of Darnell McDonald in the sixth spot left the Sox unable to push any runs across.

Jon Lester settled down, eventually going eight innings and picking up as many strikeouts, but with the early troubles having proved more than enough, the Red Sox fell.