When most teams are in a funk they want to get back home to get back to their winning ways.
For the Red Sox it's the opposite as they have now lost six straight games overall and five at home, the most recent coming Wednesday night against the Blue Jays as they fell 6-4. The Sox are now 10-16 at home on the year.
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Once again they got a poor outing from their starting pitcher, as this time it was Clay Buchholz who couldn't make it out of the fifth inning, going 4 2/3 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits, including two homers, both to Edwin Encarnacion. It was the third straight poor outing as in his last three starts he's gone 15 innings allowing 29 hits, 13 earned runs for a 7.80 ERA.
"Inconsistent command. Far too many at-bats where he pitched behind in the count and uncharacteristic for what we know of Clay is mistakes found their way to the middle of the plate and we found ourselves down quickly 4-0 and we're digging out of a hole from the third inning on," manager John Farrell said. "I thought there was better finish to his stuff in the middle of the third inning until the time he came out of the game, but physically there is no complaints there is no issues. We have to make either an adjustment or correction mechanically because too many misfires to the arm side."
Chris Capuano allowed a run in two innings of relief, followed by Andrew Miller throwing a scoreless 1 1/3 innings and Koji Uehara a perfect ninth.
Shane Victorino got the Red Sox on the board with a solo homer in the fourth inning, which made it a 4-1 game at the time. Trailing 6-1 entering the bottom of the eighth the Red Sox made it interesting as they scored three times on back-to-back RBI doubles from Mike Carp and Xander Bogaerts, followed by a Brock Holt RBI single, making it 6-4, but the Red Sox couldn't get another big hit when they needed it. They finished 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position, but left 11 runners on base.
The Red Sox will look to avoid their second straight sweep tomorrow afternoon (4:10, NESN) when Jon Lester takes the ball for the Red Sox going up against Mark Buehrle.
What they'll be saying: The Red Sox once again were forced to play catchup as they have now allowed their opponents to score first in 25 of 45 games overall this season and 17 of 26 at home. The Sox are 5-20 when their opponent scores first ... Buchholz said it was the best stuff he had velocity wise of the season, which was true as he hit 94 MPH a few times, but the nine hits were the third straight game he's allowed nine hits or more, the longest such streak of his career ... The club did not give in when they were trailing 6-1 in the eighth, which was encouraging, but there are no moral victories when you are four games below .500. Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with two doubles reaching base for the ninth straight game.