The Red Sox lost their seventh straight game Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox lose seventh straight as Braves pick up 4-2 win over Sox

Ryan Hannable
June 15, 2015 - 6:05 pm
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Are there anymore adjectives to describe the 2015 Red Sox? Following yet another team meeting before the game, the Red Sox managed just two runs against the Braves, as they fell 4-2 Monday night at a damp Fenway Park. It was the team's seventh straight loss. The Braves scored three times in the fourth inning against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. Atlanta started the inning off with three straight singles scoring one run, before adding another on a wild pitch and their third on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single that got past the dive of Mike Napoli at first base. They added another in the seventh when they loaded the bases against Porcello before Robbie Ross Jr. entered and allowed an RBI single to Jace Peterson, making it a 4-0 game. Ross got a double play on the next batter to escape any further damage. "They bunched some singles together," manager John Farrell said. "There was a curveball that checks up right behind the plate that eludes Leon for another run. Not really any hard hit balls, just base hits they were able to bunch up." Porcello lost his fifth straight straight start, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out five. His last win came on May 16. He didn't pitch bad, it was just a 29-pitch fourth inning that did him in. "I'm mad that I felt good," Porcello said. "I ended up loading the bases with one out. I mean,  that's not good. In any situation you have bases loaded with one out it's a tough situation to get out of. I was pissed off that we were in that spot to begin with." Ross pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings of relief, before Alexi Ogando recorded all three outs in the ninth after Ross allowed a leadoff single. The Red Sox offense was shutout out by starter-turned-reliever Williams Perez, as the right-hander went six innings, not allowing a run on five hits. They scored their lone run in the seventh inning on a Xander Bogaerts homer to dead-center field off reliever Dana Eveland. They scored a run in the ninth off closer Jason Grilli on an RBI single by Mookie Betts. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Perez. Six shutout innings against a desperate Red Sox team was more than enough to give the Braves the win. He's 3-0 on the year. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. Here's what went (wrong) and right in the Red Sox loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- Napoli's issues continued at the plate as the first baseman went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, although he did reach on an error. He's now 0 for his last 17 with seven strikeouts. -- The Red Sox hit into double plays in each of the first three innings. For the year they have hit into the 10th-most in the American League this season. -- Betts got picked off first base for the first out of the sixth inning. It was the third time this month he's been picked off. He did have a career-high three hits. -- Sandy Leon went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and grounded into a double play. He's now 0 for his last 9 and batting just WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Dustin Pedroia's single in the first inning extended his hit streak to six games, and he's now hit safely in 15 straight home games. He went 2-for-4 in the game and is now hitting .413 over his last 15 home games. -- David Ortiz went 1-for-4. He now has hit safely in six straight games. -- Pablo Sandoval picked up his 1000th career hit and 200th career double in the game. His second double of the game put him at 201 for his career.

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