Upon arriving at Safeco Field yesterday, Red Sox manager John Farrell was told center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury would be unable to play because of a sore left wrist and reliever Andrew Miller will need to have season-ending surgery on his left foot.
Any good news?
“Well,” Farrell said, “the weather is incredible here. And we’ve got (Jon) Lester on the mound tonight.”

At least he was right about the weather.
With a disorganized bullpen and a patchwork lineup against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, the Red Sox needed Lester more than ever last night in the opener of a four-game series. But their purported No. 1 starter threw another dud against one of the majors’ lowest-scoring offenses, allowing five runs, jawing over plate umpire Ed Hickox’ strike zone and failing to record an out in the sixth inning of an 11-4 rout.
As a result, the Red Sox have their first three-game losing streak in nearly two months (since May 11-14) and a slimmer 3-1/2-game lead over the suddenly surging Rays in the AL East with another tough matchup tonight against league ERA leader Hisashi Iwakuma (2.60).

“We’ve got to find a way (to win),” Lester said. “That starts with me tonight.”