Rapid reaction: Brewers 4, Red Sox 2

June, 18, 2011

BOSTON -- The best thing to say about the Red Sox game on Saturday night?

The Bruins will be here Sunday afternoon, Stanley Cup in tow.

The Sox drew their largest crowd of the season, 38,175, on a day that a million or so spectators swarmed downtown Boston to pay homage to hockey's champions, but before many of them had settled into their seats, the Sox were down, 2-0.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who normally dips his glove in gold before a game, played the Tin Man for one highly unusual moment, dropping a popup in foul territory that would have retired the game's first batter, Rickie Weeks. Mr. Weeks, grateful for the second chance, hit the next pitch into the Monster seats to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.

Another pitch, it was 2-0, as Corey Hart hit one over the Sox bullpen.

So much for plans to proclaim Jon Lester the majors' first 10-game winner, which unraveled even further in the third inning when one-time Sox catching prospect George Kottaras homered, his second of the season for the Brewers, which is one more than he hit for the Sox in his tenure here.

A couple of walks and a two-out single by Casey McGehee, and the Brewers had four runs, which is all they would get against Lester but was sufficient on a night that veteran left-hander Randy Wolf was stingier.

The Sox had won each of their last 11 games against a left-handed starter, but other than a second-inning uprising in which they scored on run-scoring singles by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Cameron, they did not dent Wolf, who last pitched here in 2004.

The loss was only the second in the last 14 games for the Sox.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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