--LHP Jon Lester posted his second consecutive stellar start Tuesday night, this one against the Rays. But like last week in Cleveland, he emerged without a victory to show for it. Lester allowed three fifth-inning runs and dropped a pitchers' duel with Rays LHP David Price. All seven hits allowed by Lester in seven innings were singles. He also struck out eight batters, and he has 15 whiffs in his last 14 innings. "You know what, I'll take that every start," Lester said of his outing. "If you're going to beat me with singles, then I tip my hat. I don't really know what else to say about it."
--LF Carl Crawford hasn't gotten a jolt from facing his former team. Crawford, the Red Sox's new left fielder, continued his struggling start Tuesday night when he got picked off first base in the first inning and finished 0-for-3 to lower his average to .152 as the team dropped to 2-9. "I don't know," Crawford said. "We're just still battling it out right now. This situation is such a surprise. You didn't expect it, so you worry about it a little bit. But you know that it's still an uphill battle and we're just going to keep working, get to the point where we're winning games again." Before the game, there was a reminder of how good Crawford can be when he received his Silver Slugger Award from last season.
--INF Jed Lowrie started at third base Tuesday night, primarily because the Red Sox wanted his right-handed bat against Tampa Bay LHP David Price. For most of the night, Lowrie delivered. He swatted a pair of doubles against Price, raising his season average to .438 (7-for-16). Ironically, though, Lowrie failed in the eighth inning against RHP Joel Peralta. With runners on first and second base, two outs and the Red Sox trailing by one run, Lowrie flied to center field. "The results are there. That's always nice," Lowrie said of his strong start to the season. "But I'm really, really happy with the way that I'm working right now and my approach. I've always believed that if I keep the approach, the results will be there, and they're there right now."
--RF Darnell McDonald made his first hit of the season count. McDonald, a right-handed hitter who was starting to help neutralize Rays LHP David Price, belted a solo home run over the Green Monster in the third inning to give the Red Sox an early lead. Previously, McDonald, a reserve outfielder, had been 0-for-5, and his most notable play came in the ninth inning Thursday in Cleveland when he was caught for the game-ending out after he tripped while rounding second base.
--C Jarrod Saltalamacchia's wife, Ashley, gave birth to the couple's third child -- an 8-pound, 4-ounce, 20-inch daughter -- at 6:23 a.m. Tuesday. The baby girl does not yet have a name. His other daughters are named Sidney and Hunter. "We have two days for a name," Saltalamacchia said. "Any hints? Thursday we're allowed to go home, and we need to have a name when we go home." Saltalamacchia, 4-for-26 (.154) through his first nine games, was on the Red Sox's bench Tuesday night, as Jason Varitek caught LHP Jon Lester.
BY THE NUMBERS
4 -- Seasons in which the Red Sox have lost nine of their first 11 games. In addition to this season, the Red Sox started 2-9 in 1996, 1927 and 1925.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Nobody's worried about our record right now. We're all concerned with playing better baseball. Everyone knows what the record is. It comes down to execution more than anything else. We just haven't done that consistently right now. We're just fighting, trying to get that part of it." -- Red Sox OF Mike Cameron, on the team's 2-9 start.
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