Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game this evening:
RED SOX (62-74)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (8-11, 5.01)
Pitching: RHP Blake Beavan (9-8, 4.95)
Game time: 10:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Beavan: Pedroia 3-9. Ellsbury 2-8, Aviles 2-4, Salty 3-5, Ross 0-1, Loney 0-1.
Mariners vs. Lester: Figgins 7-25, Gutierrez 4-20, Olivo 2-12, Montero 3-9, Smoak 2-7, Ryan 2-6, Saunders 3-6. Thames 1-6, Ackley 1-4, Seager 0-4.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 52 of 233 (.223) on the road trip with seven extra-base hits. Players not named Dustin Pedroia are 41 of 208 (.197) with four extra-base hits.
Notes: Is tonight the night? Lester has pitched well in his last four starts (3-1, 3.21) and is 3-2, 3.48 in eight career starts against the Mariners. He also had a strong start against them on May 14 at Fenway (9 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). ... But can the Sox get him a few runs? They have scored 16 runs in the last seven games, five in the last three. ... The Sox are 7-23 against the AL West. ... The seven-game losing streak is the longest since a nine gamer in 2001. ... Ellsbury (4 of 24) and Ross (4-23) have three runs and two RBIs in the losing streak. ... Beavan faced the Sox on May 15, allowing three runs over four innings.
Song of the Day: "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons.