Red Sox - 010 001 000 - 2 7 0 Angels - 202 100 00x - 5 9 0With this loss, the Red Sox fell eight games below .500 for the first time this season. They are a season-worst 14 games out of first place in the AL East and a whopping 11 games out of the Wild Card race.
Lester (8-9-5-3-2, 121) pitched a complete game, but faltered early. Albert Pujols had a two-run single in the first, and hit one of four straight singles in the third, that gave Los Angeles a 4-1 lead.
James Loney (3-for-4) scored both Boston runs. He singled and scored in the second and homered in the sixth.
Podsednik, LFDaniel Bard will be activated for tonight's game. His numbers for Pawtucket are positively gruesome. In 32 innings, Bard allowed 31 hits and 29 walks, while striking out 32. He has a 7.03 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP. No one has even a shred of a clue how he will perform with the Red Sox.
Last night's start, Zach Stewart, was optioned down. The nine runs Stewart allowed were the most by a pitcher in his Boston debut in 109 years (Norwood Gibson allowed nine on April 29, 1903; on April 26, 1902, Pep Deininger allowed 11 runs to the Washington Senators.)