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Red Sox Lose One They Shouldn't Have Lost

Four runs in the first inning should have been enough.

Jon Lester being on the mound should have been enough.

Adrian Beltre hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning should have been enough.

None of it was enough.

For the second night in a row, the Indians embarrass the Red Sox. This time they win 8-7 via a walkoff single from Russell Branyan with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Daniel Bard was in for the save. He loaded the bases, got a strikeout, a pop out and then worked Branyan in the count before allowing a single to right that scored two runs and lost the game.

You know how I said we forget the Masterson 11-0 game? Well we forget this one, too.

But I think it's going to be a little harder to forget.

Jon Lester was just not himself, allowing nine hits and six runs in six innings of work. He allowed just one walk and struck out eight, but it wasn't good enough. There's no reason to give up six runs to one of the worst teams in baseball.

Beltre, Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia led the offense in a game when four runs should have been enough. The Sox scored the runs thanks to an ugly inning defensively. Once again: four runs should be good enough against a team like this.

One word: ugly.

Phillies. Friday. Seven. Pray to the Baseball Gods it's better than the last two days.