Jon Lester was handed a 3-0 lead when he took the mound at the All-Star Game, but allowed two runs to the National League on a trio of loud hits.
After Felix Hernandez blanked the NL in the top of the first and Derek Jeter sparked a three-run rally for the AL in the bottom of the inning, Lester was called upon by Red Sox (and AL) manager John Farrell in the top of the second.
Lester got Giancarlo Stanton on a pop-up to second to start the inning, but then gave up a single to Aramis Ramirez. Chase Utley followed with a double high off the wall in right to score Ramirez, and Jonathan Lucroy knocked in Utley with a hard double to left.
Lester escaped further damage when Carlos Gomez fouled out and Andrew McCutcheon flied out to center.
Lester had allowed just one earned run over his previous three starts, covering 23 innings.
Koji Uehara's first All-Star Game appearance was brief but successful.
Entering with the AL holding a 5-3 lead with a runner on third and two outs in the sixth inning, Uehara struck out the only batter he faced, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, on four pitches.
“That was enough,” Uehara told reporters in Minneapolis through interpreter C.J. Matsumoto. “I wasn’t able to enjoy it. I was so nervous.”