Clay Buchholz's record dropped to 1-4 with a 6.03 following Monday's loss to the Rays. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bad luck or not, Red Sox have lost last 5 games Clay Buchholz has taken the mound

Ryan Hannable
May 04, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Sometimes Clay Buchholz gets criticized for not owning up as much as he could following a poor start and saying he got a few bad breaks. Monday night he did actually get a few tough breaks, as he suffered his fourth loss of the season, with the Rays taking the first game of a three-game set, 5-1 at Fenway. It was the team's fourth straight loss. With two outs in the top of the first James Loney lifted a ball down the left field line, which Hanley Ramirez ran hard after and simultaneously caught the ball and hit the padded wall jarring the ball out. The play went for a double (after a Red Sox challenge) and Ramirez immediately left the game with a left shoulder sprain. After a delay while Ramirez was being tended too, Evan Longoria followed with a double of his own, and then David DeJesus singled to give the Rays a 2-0 lead before the Red Sox even stepped to the plate. "€œI thought the first couple of runs, some freak plays," manager John Farell said. "We challenged the play when Hanley crashed into the wall. They'€™ve changed the rule on an official catch. If there'€™s not immediate or simultaneous collision with the wall and they show a ball in the grass, it'€™s ruled a catch. We had it as there were four strides before he hit the wall but that was reversed, or seen otherwise." In the second inning Buchholz did make is only one true mistake of the night -- an 80 MPH changeup that Joey Butler crushed into the Monster seats for a two-run homer giving the Rays a 4-0 lead. It was his first career home run. "I felt good," Buchholz said. "I felt good the first two innings. Left a changeup up, it's unfortunate with Hanley out there. Definitely don't want to lose him for an extended period of time. Whenever things aren't going good, you don't get breaks. We're scuffling a little bit right now, but we have a lot of good players in here. Pretty confident we'll bounce back." In retrospect, if the Ramirez play is ruled a catch, Buchholz gets out of the first inning without any damage and it's a whole different game. Buchholz settled in after the second inning as he escaped trouble in the third inning and then faced one over the minimum number of batters between the fourth and sixth innings. After allowing a single and a getting a ground out in the seventh, he was removed with Junichi Tazawa allowing an inherited runner to score. The right-hander finished the night going 6 1/3 innings, allowing the five runs on nine hits, while walking two and striking out seven. The homer in the second inning snapped a streak of 157 consecutive batters faced at Fenway Park without allowing a home run. "I felt like I settled in fairly decent," said Buchholz. "There were a lot of pitches I didn't feel like I got the benefit of the doubt on on the strike zone, but you can't let that affect you. There's going to be a lot of times thats the way you feel about it. For the most part I felt like I threw the ball well, the line doesn't show for it and the loss is not good either." He had some of his best stuff of the season, recording 15 swing and misses, according to When he's at his best, he's getting swing and misses. On Opening Day he had 10, 18 against Baltimore on April 18 and 13 against the Rays on April 23. His poor starts of the year -- April 12 against the Yankees he had five, and the last time out against the Blue Jays he had only five as well. His 1-4 record is little misleading, as although he's had two poor outings, the offense hasn't been there for him for the majority of his starts. After the one run on Monday, the team has three games of the six he's started where they've scored just one run. Since his Opening Day win, the Red Sox have lost the last five games he's pitched. "I felt really good after and I felt really good before the game tonight," Buchholz said. "If anybody has got to take it and take one for the team it seems like the way it's been going it's going to be thrown at me so I don't know, I can get better from it though. I have six days and get the Blue Jays again. I didn't pitch well against them the last time out." Even if it is some bad luck, Buchholz has an ERA of 6.03 and the team is 1-5 in his starts. For the pitcher who took to the mound on Opening Day, he knows he needs to be better. "I felt pretty good with all my pitches tonight and gave up a couple of hits that were mislocation and I gave up a couple of hits that were pitches right where I wanted them," Buchholz said. "You have to take in with one hand and out the other and prepare for the next time out."