Closing Time: Things go from bad to worse for Jake Peavy, Red Sox

Rob Bradford
June 24, 2014 - 9:24 pm

SEATTLE -- This just hasn't been Jake Peavy's season. The Red Sox starter failed to claim a victory for the 11th straight outing, this time dropping an 8-2 decision to the Mariners at Safeco Field Tuesday night. During Peavy's winless stretch the Red Sox have won just twice. The team is 5-11 overall in the righty's starts. This time Peavy struggled through a five-inning outing in which he gave up seven runs on eight hits, boosting his ERA to 4.93. In his last nine starts, the hurler has a 6.38 ERA. "We've been down this road for a while now," Peavy said of the offensively challenged Red Sox. "We as pitchers [have] got to do a better job of letting in more than we're scoring. That'€™s all there is to it. We're a team around here. Nobody's blaming anything on anybody. We've just got to be better as a 25-man unit '€” a lot better." With the loss, the Red Sox drop to seven games out of the wild card race, standing at 35-43. "Nothing's fun about getting beat, especially when you don'€™t do your job and get beat," said Peavy, who said the groin injury Red Sox manager John Farrell mentioned after the game wasn't an issue. "It's just frustrating. There's no other way to say it. When you get beat and you're playing from behind all night, it's not fun. You feel like you get back in it and you have some chances and come so close to turning the double play there, maybe change the momentum of the game or the inning, get something to bounce our way." With Brandon Workman getting the start Friday in New York, Felix Doubront slated to exit his bullpen stint for a start against the Cubs next week, and Rubby De La Rosa seemingly entrenched in the rotation, Peavy's future remains in doubt. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX -- Peavy ran into trouble out of the gate, allowing two runs in the first and another in the second. Kicking off their crack at the Red Sox starter, the Mariners rattled off a single, walk, double and sacrifice fly. The run in the second was a product of a walk to Brad Miller (he of the .205 batting average) and a triple to Endy Chavez. -- Peavy seemed to have found somewhat of a groove heading into the fifth. But it was in that frame the Mariners used home runs by Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino to break things open via a four-run frame. Peavy now has allowed at least one homer in all but three of his 16 starts. -- A.J. Pierzynski continued his struggles, going 0-for-4 while stranding nine men. For the road trip, the catcher is 1-for-18. In 20 plate appearances on the swing, he has seen just 44 pitches. -- Stephen Drew went 0-for-3, keeping him hitless in his last 21 at-bats. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX -- The Sox drove Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez from the game after just 4 1/3 innings, with the righty having thrown 93 pitches. Helping end Ramirez's night early was Brock Holt, whose two-run home run in the fourth inning broke a 19 2/3-inning scoreless streak from the Mariners hurler. -- Holt, Mike Napoli and Jackie Bradley each had a pair of hits. -- Pitching out of the bullpen for the first time since last season's World Series, Doubront tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Peavy.