Mookie Betts left the game in the third inning with a lower back sprain after running into the wall, and things would only get worse for the Red Sox. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox bullpen allows 9 seventh-inning runs in demoralizing 13-10 loss to Blue Jays

Ryan Hannable
June 12, 2015 - 6:36 pm
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Poor starting pitching, poor offense, poor defense and now add to the list poor relief pitching. Red Sox relievers allowed nine runs, all in the seventh inning as the Red Sox blew an 8-1 lead, falling to the Blue Jays 13-10 Friday night at Fenway Park. The team has now lost four straight games and the Blue Jays have now won nine straight games. Leading 8-4, it was a disastrous seventh inning for the Red Sox as the Blue Jays scored nine times. The nine runs match a season-high allowed in an inning. Toronto had six straight hits off relievers Matt Barnes and Junichi Tazawa to open the inning before an error at third base from Pablo Sandoval. With the game tied at eight, Russell Martin delivered the big blow with a bases-clearing triple to the triangle in right-center. The first nine batters of the inning all reached, and all scored. In the inning, Barnes allowed three runs, Tazawa five and Tommy Layne one, on a laser of a home run into the Monster seats off the bat off Justin Smoak to close out the scoring (one of the runs in the inning was unearned). The Blue Jays entered the game averaging a major league baseball leading 5.33 runs per game. The seventh inning spoiled a strong offensive output for the Red Sox, especially early on. The home team wasted no time as they put up a five-spot in the first inning against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison. David Ortiz got the scoring going with a two-run single and then Sandoval and Mookie Betts hit back-to-back homers to account for the five runs. It was the third time the Red Sox have hit back-to-back homers this year. Even after scoring the five runs in the first, and the two homers, they weren't done there as in the third inning Dustin Pedroia hit a towering three-run homer over the wall in left to put the Red Sox on top 8-1 at the time. Hutchison finished the game going just 2 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and walking three. Red Sox starter Joe Kelly didn't have his best stuff. The right-hander allowed four runs over six innings on seven hits, while surrendering two walks taking a no-decision. The Blue Jays made him work, forcing him into a lot of three-ball counts early on. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Martin. His three-run, bases-clearing triple blew the game open in the seventh inning. 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 wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- The bullpen, obviously. After coming into the game with a 2.19 ERA since the start of June, good for third-best in the AL, they allowed nine runs in three innings of work. -- Mike Napoli finished the game 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Since June 1, the first baseman has just one walk to 15 strikeouts. His last strikeout came with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and he being the tying run. -- Betts left the game in the third inning after crashing into the Red Sox' bullpen wall and hitting his face hard against the padding. He stayed in the game for the remainder of the half inning, but was removed afterwards with what the team called a low back sprain. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Xander Bogaerts' double in the first inning extended his hit streak to a season-high eight games. He's now two short of a career-high, as he had a 10-game hit streak last season. During the eight game span he is hitting .355. He added an RBI single in the eighth. -- Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a walk at the plate after coming into the game three for his last 20. He did a better job of driving the ball to the opposite field. -- Rusney Castillo had an RBI double in the ninth to make it a 13-10 final. He reached base a career-high four times.

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