If their series with the Texas Rangers over the weekend was a test of sorts, the Red Sox didn't pass, but they didn't flunk out, either, despite being swept. Now that they've been rocked a bit, the real test will come in how they respond. Their first three-game losing streak came about this way: the Sox were flat and clearly outplayed in the Friday opener, having arrived from Toronto at 4 in the morning. On the second night, mistakes -- most notably, a critical error by Will Middlebrooks -- sank them. Finally, on Sunday, the Sox went toe-to-toe with the Rangers and their No. 1 starter, Yu Darvish, only to lose in walk-off fashion when the bullpen faltered. So, the Red Sox have their first three-game losing streak of the season. Humbled? Maybe. Panic? Far from it. "We'll be fine," insisted Jon Lester, who allowed three runs over six innings and got a no-decision in Sunday's 4-3 loss. "For a bunch of guys in this clubhouse, this isn't their first go-round. Guys have been through the winning streaks and losing streaks and everywhere in-between. I wouldn't imagine it's going to be a big thing for us. "Sometimes you have to tip your hat to the other team and move on to tomorrow." Some obvious deficiencies popped up over the three games.
Time for Sox to respond, not panic
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