Clay Buchholz was yanked after just 2 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox can't overcome dismal Clay Buchholz start, fall to Blue Jays

Ryan Hannable
April 28, 2015 - 6:12 pm

If you thought the Red Sox' starting rotation had problems going into Tuesday, they just became a whole lot worse. Handed a four-run lead going into the top of the third, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz imploded, allowing five runs (four earned) in the frame and was removed after recording just two outs with the Red Sox trailing 5-4. Edward Mujica came on to allow three more runs in the fourth inning, all on the way to a 11-8 Red Sox loss to the Blue Jays. "I mean, whenever the team gives you a four-run lead you're supposed to come out a lot better than that," Buchholz said. "Went out there with a game plan of throwing strikes, let them put the ball in play and get outs. Walked the first guy. All the contact that they made -- they hit the ball hard and it wasn't at any of our players in the field. I have to do a lot better job than that." Buchholz now has an ERA of 5.76 and Red Sox starters now have an ERA of 6.03, the worst in the majors. It'€™s the eighth time in 21 games the Red Sox'€™ starter has failed to make it out of the fifth inning. He is the third Red Sox starter to allow five earned runs in fewer than three innings this season. This after they had three such outings all of last season. Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchinson wasn't much better than Buchholz, as he allowed six runs in four innings on nine hits, while walking five. The Red Sox did make a game of it late, as Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run just inside Pesky's Pole in the eighth inning making it a two-run game at the time, but that would be as close as they would get. It was Ramirez's 200th career homer. "In our dugout, regardless of the score, there'€™s always a thought that '€” even tonight '€” we feel like we can comeback," manager John Farrell said. "We did comeback, we answered. It felt like we still had an opportunity to win this game even though you'€™re down three-four runs in the middle innings. We'€™ve got to find a way to gain some consistency and, more importantly, maintain to momentum with a shut down inning." SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: The entire Blue Jays lineup. Every starter recorded a hit, as they finished with 17 in the game. Six of their nine starters had multiple hits. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- Buchholz has now had two starts out of five this year where he's failed to go more than 3 1/3 innings. His final line Tuesday read: 2 1/3 innings, five runs (four earned), one walk, four strikeouts. -- Mujica wasn't much better in relief of Buchholz. He finished allowing three runs over 1 1/3 innings. He had two walks and two balks, while not recording a strikeout. -- Daniel Nava is struggling at the plate. He went 0-for-3 in the game, and is now 0 for his last 15 overall. -- It's been a tough couple of nights for Brock Holt. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and is 0 for his last 7. -- Junichi Tazawa allowed a solo homer to Josh Donaldson in the eighth inning. It was the ninth homer he's allowed against the Blue Jays -- 41 percent of his career total. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- You'd be hard pressed to find a better hitter than Pablo Sandoval right now. He finished the game 4-for-5 with two doubles. He's now hitting .418 against right-handers this season. "Yeah, I feel good. Like I said, I'€™d feel better if we won the game today," said Sandoval. -- Mookie Betts continued to swing a hot bat following Monday's walk off win. The center fielder went 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored. -- Robbie Ross Jr. was the best Red Sox' reliever as he tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.