The Boston Red Sox opened a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers with a 7-2 loss at Fenway Park on Friday night.

With the loss, Boston fell to 26-25 while Milwaukee improved to 29-21.

Check out the full box score here.

Boston’s Kutter Crawford took the mound against an offense on the rise in the Brewers with legitimate hitters Christian Yelich and William Contreras. Milwaukee’s bats got to Crawford early with hard-hitting production.

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Contreras roped a two-run homer off of Crawford in the third inning, the fourth time this month that the Red Sox starter has allowed a long ball. Yelich also drove in a run with a wall-ball double. Milwaukee took advantage on a few elevated breaking balls, jumping out early with the bats.

The Brewers scored in bunches, charging Crawford for a trio of runs in both the third and fifth innings.

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Friday night just seemed to be a talented offense taking advantage and making hard contact against an otherwise productive arm for the Red Sox on the greater view of the 2024 season.

— Ceddanne Rafaela turned in another standout defensive play.

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— Smith homered for the first time in a Red Sox uniform.

— Contreras drove in a pair of runs in a multi-hit night for Milwaukee.

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The Red Sox and Brewers continue the series at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 4:10 p.m. ET. You can catch the game, plus an hour of pregame coverage, on NESN.

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