At this rate, the Red Sox are going to have to step up their overall game if they are going to keep ahead of this Baltimore Orioles team.
And nobody’s got more room to improve than Jon Lester.
Even though Lester thought he had some of his best command of his pitches all season long, made just one mistake and had some tough luck on four broken-bat hits, the bottom line was that he lasted only five innings and allowed five runs in a 6-3 defeat, as the Red Sox lost the game, series and road trip in one fell swoop yesterday.

“Baltimore’s obviously a good team, good pitching staff,” said Will Middlebrooks, provider of the sole bit of upside offensively with his three-run home run to right field in the seventh. “Do I think we’re better? Of course. But the ball didn’t bounce (our way).”
Time to re-examine the question of whether teams can create their own good luck.
The eight strikeouts and no walks certainly attest to Lester’s strike-throwing ability, so, yes, there was plenty of swing-and-miss stuff on display.
But the sky-high, two-run home run by Chris Davis in the third with two outs, the three other runs he allowed and the too-short start spoke louder than a few soft hits.
Lester’s ERA over his last six starts is 7.20. Sure, he was better than his last start on this trip at Tampa Bay, where he allowed seven runs in 42⁄3 innings.
The left-hander believes he is turning the corner.