There is no joy in Mudville.

 

The Red Sox coughed up another game to the lowly Mariners yesterday, dropping a 4-2 decision despite carrying a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth.

 

Combined with the Yankees’ 12-6 victory over the Royals, the loss knocks the Sox eight games out of the AL East lead.

 

It gets worse.

 

Tampa Bay beat Cleveland 4-2 yesterday, extending their wild-card lead to five games over Boston. The Sox are now closer to third-place Minnesota than they are to the Rays.


Boston is just 3-4 so far on its West Coast trip, which continues tonight in Anaheim. They’ve put together just one two-game winning streak since the All-Star break.


The Sox are back home Friday.