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Dismal Red Sox drag Jon Lester down

Updated: April 13, 2011, 2:25 AM ET
By Steven Krasner | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox starter Jon Lester was cruising, brilliantly holding up his end of the bargain in a taut matchup with Tampa Bay's ace pitcher, David Price, in a battle of two of the game's premier young left-handers Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Lester was even beginning to dominate, whiffing four in a row at one point in retiring seven of eight batters he faced in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

But in a dizzying, frustrating span of five batters and a total of 12 pitches, ...

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