Eduardo Rodriguez suffered his first major league loss Sunday against the Blue Jays. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Poor defense, 6-run fourth inning leads to sixth straight Red Sox loss

Ryan Hannable
June 14, 2015 - 12:49 pm
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The nightmare continued for the Red Sox on Sunday. This time it was bad defense, allowing six runs in the fourth inning and another four runs in the fifth, as the Blue Jays jumped out to a 10-0 lead, before the Red Sox clawed back to make it a 13-5 final. The Red Sox have now dropped six straight games and the Blue Jays tied a franchise-high with 11 straight wins. It was the second straight series the Red Sox have been swept, both by AL East opponents following a mid-week sweep by the Orioles. In the three games this weekend, the Red Sox allowed 31 runs. By way of comparison, it took the first 17 games in the month of May for the Red Sox to score their 31st run of the month. Toronto sent nine men to the plate in the fourth against Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Right fielder Alejandro De Aza took two poor routes to fly balls and Dustin Pedroia lost a ball in the sun, seeing it fall at his feet in shallow right, contributing to the six runs scored. The big blow came with two outs when No. 9 hitter Ryan Goins lined a three-run home run into the Blue Jays bullpen, making it 6-0. For Rodriguez, the inning marked the first time he allowed a hit with runners in scoring position, as he entered the frame retiring 12 straight betters he faced with runners in scoring position to begin his major league career. The Blue Jays added four more runs in the fifth, all with two outs. The Red Sox could have got out of the inning on a Chris Colabello pop up to shallow right center, but four Red Sox players converged and saw the ball drop in between them -- the sun playing a factor again. Russell Martin then singled ending Rodriguez's day. "We get a ball in the following inning after the six runs that's an aggressive call off by De Aza coming in from right field where Xander is camped under it," manager John Farrell said. "It opens up the door for a couple more consecutive hits and a four-run inning. It's a 10-run hole that we're in." In came knuckleballer Steven Wright who was greeted by a towering, two-run home run by Danny Valencia, making it a 10-0 game. Rodriguez suffered his first major league loss, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits and walking three. Most of the damage was not entirely his fault with the bad defense behind him. "I don't know know if it was necessarily an overall lack of command from Eddie," Farrell said. "He's going up against a hot lineup right now. Like I said, they fouled off some decent pitches until the big three-run home run." Even being down 10-0, the Red Sox didn't roll over and quit, scoring five times in the fifth inning, led by David Ortiz's three-run homer, his second in as many days. Toronto added three more in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Goins and Jose Reyes, both against Tommy Layne, who came in for Wright in the middle of the frame. Sunday marks the 17th straight day the Red Sox have not gained ground in the AL East. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Might as well make it three straight for Martin. He killed the Red Sox this weekend, as he finished Sunday going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- The Red Sox defense, although it only committed one error, was atrocious in the fourth and fifth innings. De Aza took two poor routes to balls in right field, Pedroia lost two pop ups in the sun, allowing them to fall at his feet, including the second one with three other players surrounding him and Hanley Ramirez misplayed a ball in left field, before casually lobbing it back to the infield. Additionally, Rusney Castillo couldn't field a ball cleanly in the seventh, allowing Goins to take an extra base to account for the lone charged error of the game. -- Layne allowed a run in 1/3 inning of work on back-to-doubles to the first two hitters he faced. He's pitched in all three games of the series, and until Friday night had retired the first batter he faced in 18 straight appearances. -- Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, snapping his nine-game hit streak. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Ortiz went 1-for-2 with two walks and the home run. It was his second home run in two days and he now has a five-game hit streak. -- At the plate, Pedroia went 2-for-4. He now has a five-game hit streak overall and a 14-game hit streak at Fenway Park.