Playing from behind is never good. Playing from behind is really not good when you're struggling offensively and can't seem to find any possible way to win a game.
That is what the Red Sox are going through right now as they once again fell behind early for the sixth time in their last seven games leading to their seventh straight loss and sixth straight at home, a 7-2 defeat to the Blue Jays Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park. The loss marked just the second time in franchise history the team was winless in a home stand of six or more games.
"We're in a stretch of games here where we are giving up too many runs early and we're scuffling to score runs," manager John Farrell said. "That's a dangerous combination right now."
Red Sox starter Jon Lester took awhile to settle in and paid for it as he allowed seven runs in the first two innings, including five in the second. The two runs in the first were on back-to-back homers, one below the total Lester had allowed in his first nine starts of the season. The left-hander did settle in, retiring 12 hitters in a row from the end of the second inning to the sixth. Overall, he went 6 1/3 innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits while walking two and striking out three.
Burke Badenhop, Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Offensively, the Red Sox managed just two runs, scoring once in the first on a Jonny Gomes RBI single and once in the second on a solo home run from Xander Bogaerts. Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle shut the Red Sox down going seven innings, allowing the two runs on seven hits.
The Red Sox will now travel to Tampa Bay for a weekend series with the last place Rays beginning Friday night (7:10, NESN) where John Lackey will go against Chris Archer.
What they'll be saying: Things are certainly getting frustrating for the Red Sox as they seemingly have to battle from behind night in and night out, which is incredibly hard to do when you're having trouble scoring runs. They have now failed to score first in 26 of the first 46 games of the season ... Lester did settle down after a rough first two innings, but it was too late to take back what already happened. He finished with three strikeouts, a season-low, snapping a career-long-tying streak of nine consecutive starts with at least six strike outs ... As Farrell keeps pointing out, snapping the streak will start with that particular night's starter, but that hasn't happened as during the seven-game skid starting pitcher's have had an ERA of 7.30.