It's safe to say things are not going well for the 2014 Red Sox.
Following Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays, the Red Sox have now lost five straight games overall and four straight at Fenway Park for the first time since Aug. 4, 2012.
Although he hadn't allowed more than three runs in a start since April 8, his second of the season, Felix Doubront hadn't exactly shined in any of those. Tuesday he was exposed against the Blue Jays lineup as the left-hander allowed five runs on five hits and didn't record an out in the fifth inning lasting four innings, plus two batters in the fifth. Both batters hit doubles and Doubront was lifted from the game with an injury -- left shoulder fatigue.
"The difference between the last two starts is when he made in the middle of the plate, they squared it up pretty good," manager John Farrell said. "When he came out in the fifth inning it was clear the overall power to his stuff started to diminish. He feels some restriction in his shoulder where he is not arm to generate his normal arm speed. That is why we had to get him out of the game at that point. They capitalized on mistakes once again, particularly with the home run."
Edward Mujica took over for Doubront, but wasn't much better as he allowed two runs, both on homers in 1 2/3 innings. Burke Badenhop then went the next 1 1/3 innings, not allowing a base runner. Craig Breslow threw a scoreless eighth, followed by Junichi Tazawa in the ninth.
Edwin Encarnacion hit two monster home runs in the win for the Blue Jays and of the 11 Jays hits, six went for extra-bases.
The Red Sox were able to get on the board in the fifth when they trailed 6-0 on three doubles by Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr. (RBI) and Dustin Pedroia (RBI). Trailing 7-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, Jonny Gomes ripped a two-run homer into the Monster seats, cutting the deficit to 7-4. The Sox did threaten in the later innings, but once again couldn't get a big hit when they needed it most. Gomes had three hits despite the loss.
The teams will continue their three-game series tomorrow night (7:10, NESN) where Clay Buchholz will take on Drew Hutchison.
What they'll be saying: It's becoming much of the same night in and night our for the Red Sox now, losers of five in a row for the first time since the end of the 2012 season. They couldn't get the clutch hit when they needed it Tuesday, going 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position, on top of getting a poor outing from Doubront ... Xander Bogaerts made two errors in the field at shortstop, which he acknowledged after the game may have been the result of what took place earlier in the game with the news the team had signed Stephen Drew and he would be moving to third base ... The Red Sox desperately need a good start from Buchholz on Wednesday to get them out of their current rut.