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Red Sox bats quiet for Lester again in loss to Brewers

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, and relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg, right, celebrate after shutting out the Boston Red Sox 4-0 in a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, and relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg, right, celebrate after shutting out the Boston Red Sox 4-0 in a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo catches the ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo catches the ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava, left, slides safe at second base on a double hit as Milwaukee Brewers' Jeff Bianchi, right, waits for the ball in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava, left, slides safe at second base on a double hit as Milwaukee Brewers' Jeff Bianchi, right, waits for the ball in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Milwaukee Brewers' Khris Davis (18) slides safe at second base on a double hit as Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia tries to tag him out in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Milwaukee Brewers' Khris Davis (18) slides safe at second base on a double hit as Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia tries to tag him out in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts as he grounds out in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts as he grounds out in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester steps off the mound after giving up runs to the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of an MLB Inter-League baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. The Brewers shut out the Red Sox 4-0. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester steps off the mound after giving up runs to the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of an MLB Inter-League baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. The Brewers shut out the Red Sox 4-0. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava, left, slides safe at second base on a double hit as Milwaukee Brewers' Jeff Bianchi, right, tries to tag him in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava, left, slides safe at second base on a double hit as Milwaukee Brewers' Jeff Bianchi, right, tries to tag him in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, and relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg, right, celebrate after shutting out the Boston Red Sox 4-0 in a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo catches the ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava, left, slides safe at second base on a double hit as Milwaukee Brewers' Jeff Bianchi, right, waits for the ball in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Milwaukee Brewers' Khris Davis (18) slides safe at second base on a double hit as Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia tries to tag him out in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts as he grounds out in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester steps off the mound after giving up runs to the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of an MLB Inter-League baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. The Brewers shut out the Red Sox 4-0. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava, left, slides safe at second base on a double hit as Milwaukee Brewers' Jeff Bianchi, right, tries to tag him in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON – Three games into their home schedule and the Boston Red Sox matched their worst losing streak in Fenway Park for the entire 2013 season.

Yovani Gallardo made his second straight scoreless start and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 4-0 victory yesterday.

“Obviously things can change quickly,” Boston outfielder Daniel Nava said. “You can say, ‘You didn’t lose four in a row, but four can turn into 12. (The) 2012 (season) didn’t have anything to do with 2013, so one season doesn’t mean anything to the next.”

The World Series champion Red Sox, who never had a losing record last year, fell to 2-4 and matched their longest skid – home or away – of 2013. They were swept just once last season, in a three-game series against the Texas Rangers from May 3-5. The Rangers open a three-game set against Boston in Fenway tonight.

Last year’s consistent play came off a last-place finish in the AL East the prior year, when the club traded stars Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett in a salary-dump deal to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August before firing Manager Bobby Valentine at the end of the season.

For the second time in two starts, Jon Lester (0-2) was the tough-luck loser.

In Boston’s opener, he allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, but the Red Sox lost 2-1 at Baltimore. Yesterday, he gave up two earned runs in 7.1 innings.

“I can’t control that. I felt like I got into a good rhythm. I just tried to keep the guys in the game,” Lester said, standing in the middle of a quiet clubhouse. “I know our hitters are up there grinding out at-bats. The effort’s there. Obviously they don’t want to not get any runs on the board. It is what it is. You obviously have to worry about pitching and putting zeroes up on the board.”

Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts hopes the Red Sox can reward Lester in his next start.

“It’s two outstanding games he’s pitched,” he said. “It’s really tough on him. Hopefully the next time out we’ll help him a lot more.”

The Red Sox couldn’t score against Gallardo (2-0), who pitched six innings in Milwaukee’s 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in the season opener, and have lost their first three home games for the first time since 1984.

Gallardo allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out three in 6.2 innings as the ERA for Brewers starters dropped from 1.99 to 1.66. None of them has allowed more than three runs in a game this season.

The Brewers got all the runs they needed in the second.

Jonathan Lucroy led off with a double and took third on a bunt single by Khris Davis. Mark Reynolds then singled in front of Nava, scoring Lucroy. And when the ball got by Nava for an error, Davis scored and Reynolds took second.

Then Lester settled down, retiring 15 straight batters before Davis doubled with one out in the seventh. Reynolds walked, Lyle Overbay struck out and Jeff Bianchi singled in Davis, making it 3-0.

Davis went 2-for-4 after getting four hits in a 7-6, 11-inning victory Saturday night, when he scored the winning run after his double.

The Red Sox threatened in the seventh after Gallardo retired the first two batters. Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled and took third on an infield single by David Ross. Zach Duke replaced Gallardo and ended the threat by retiring Nava on a fly to center.

The Brewers made it 4-0 in the eighth on an RBI single by Aramis Ramirez off Edward Mujica.

Boston Manager John Farrell challenged a call for the first time this season, but replay showed umpire Tim Timmons was correct in calling Bradley out on a close play on a ground ball in the second.

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun reached on an infield single with two outs in the first, ending a 0-for-14 slump, but was stranded. He singled again in the eighth, stole second, took third when catcher Ross’s throw went into center field and scored when Ramirez singled.

NOTES

∎ Of Lester’s first eight pitches, six were strikes and two were outs.

∎ Boston 3B Will Middlebrooks went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf.

∎ John Lackey (1-0) faces Tanner Scheppers (0-0) of the Texas Rangers tonight.

∎ The Brewers’ game scheduled in Philadelphia today was postponed because of expected inclement weather.

∎ Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez was hitless in five at-bats after going 6-for-10 in the first two games.

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