In the continuation of his utterly confounding season, Jon Lester did just enough to lose again last night.

But Lester wasn't the Red Sox' problem.

Go ahead and pin a 4-1 loss in the opener of a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Lester's iffy curveball, which got tagged for three hits in a two-run fourth inning. Or point to Lester equaling an unwelcome season high by yielding 10 hits.

It won't change the fact that the Red Sox had one hit through seven innings against Jair Jurrjens, the Braves' version of Daniel Bard. Or that Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez continued their disappearing act, teaming with previously scorching David Ortiz [stats] to go 1-for-16.

That, more than anything, is why the Red Sox' five-game winning streak went kaput.

"I thought (Lester) threw the ball extremely well," manager Bobby Valentine said. "We could've won that game very easily."

The game was delayed 74 minutes at the start because of rain, but the offense never showed up.