Joe Kelly walked seven batters Saturday. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Joe Kelly's walks costly as Red Sox lose to Blue Jays again

DJ Bean
May 09, 2015 - 12:23 pm

Believe it or not, the Red Sox got a bad performance out of their starting pitcher and lost. Joe Kelly walked seven batters and allowed six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work as the Sox suffered a 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays Saturday at Rogers Centre. Saturday marked the fourth consecutive start in which Kelly allowed at least five runs. The extent of the damage came in the bottom of the fourth inning, when, after Kelly walked Devon Travis and Josh Donaldson and then allowed a double-steal, he surrendered a three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion. Pitching wasn'€™t perfect for the Blue Jays either, but Boston didn'€™t take advantage. Starter Drew Hutchison gave up seven hits over five innings, but all the Sox had to show for it was a Dustin Pedroia RBI single following a Mookie Betts double in the fifth inning. Hutchison had six strikeouts on the day. Hanley Ramirez returned for the Sox after missing the previous three games with a shoulder injury. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. The 32-year-old went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, three RBI and a run scored. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX - In addition to having difficulty throwing the ball for strikes, Kelly didn'€™t fare much better once the ball was in play, as Kelly was charged with an error in each of the first two innings. Kelly also allowed Jose Bautista to get to second thanks to a wild pitch in the first inning, but he'€™d have gotten there moments later anyway, as Kelly walked the batter he was working on at the time. - The Red Sox got the leadoff man on base just twice on the day. Ramirez reached on an error to lead off the second, while Xander Bogaerts singled to begin the third. The rest of Boston'€™s hits came with at least one man out, contributing a performance from Hutchinson in which he allowed hits but was not burned. - Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval and Xander Bogaerts were the only Red Sox starters to not strike out, but a couple of their teammates struck out often enough to make up for them. Allen Craig fanned three times, while Mike Napoli struck out twice. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX - Betts had a pair of hits on the day, extending his hit streak to seven games. - Kelly got better as the day went on, but then again he had nowhere to go but up. After turning in a seven-pitch 1-2-3 fifth inning, Kelly quickly retired the first two batters in the sixth and was a strike away from a nine-pitching inning, but an infield single from Josh Donaldson ended his day with two down in the sixth. Donaldson would end up scoring, as Matt Barnes threw a wild pitch to advance him to second before yielding an RBI single to Bautista.