CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester says Adam Dunn has “stupid pop,” and it was more than enough to beat the Boston left-hander Monday night.
Lester served up a three-run homer to Dunn in the first inning and took his first loss of the season when the Red Sox were beaten 6-4 by the Chicago White Sox.
“You know, it was a night where he had to battle,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “He gets the two quick outs in the first inning, then after the base hit and the walk it was a 2-0 cutter that stayed in the middle of the plate to Dunn, who’s been swinging the bat well of late, so we find ourselves down 3-0. Then they bunched some hits the other way.”
Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez added consecutive RBI doubles in the second as Chicago took advantage of an ineffective Lester (6-1) to earn its fifth win in seven games in the opener of an eight-game homestand. The White Sox scored each of their runs with two outs.
“The first inning’s good, but you know for me, that next inning when you get a couple doubles and you score like that, that’s a good sign,” manager Robin Ventura said.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who had won five in a row. Saltalamacchia made a bid for a second two-run shot, but Dayan Viciedo brought in his drive on the warning track in left-center with the White Sox clinging to a 6-4 lead in the seventh.
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