Steven Wright allowed four runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Tigers. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Rough day from mound as Red Sox fall to Tigers, 5-1

Ryan Hannable
July 25, 2015 - 3:02 pm
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Time and time again manager John Farrell speaks of the team's success starting from the mound and after one of the best starts in quite some time Friday from Rick Porcello, things returned to the norm Saturday. Red Sox starter Steven Wright dug the team a 4-0 hole and the offense couldn't come close to picking up the slack as the Sox fell to the Tigers 5-1 Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. It was their 10th loss in the last 12 games. The dependable Wright had his second-to-worst start of the season, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits, while walking two and striking out four in just 4 1/3 innings. The biggest issue was he couldn't control his knuckleball, leading to four passed balls for catcher Blake Swihart. Wright allowed a solo home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning, which gave the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead followed by another run in the second and adding two more in the fourth. "I thought he had some decent violence to the pitch," Farrell said of Wright. "Then there were a few that he left up in the strike zone, particularly to Cespedes and [Jose] Iglesias for two of the extra base hits. Where Blake has handled him relatively cleanly in his previous starts, he had difficulty with receiving him clean today, which allowed [runners] to advance 90 feet on a couple of occasions. Felt like where we were in the order in the fifth inning, needed to try and get a ground ball double play and Ramirez gets out of the inning with no further damage, but probably not as consistent of a knuckleball we've seen from Steven previously." The Red Sox offense couldn't do much against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, as the right-hander went 6+ innings, allowing one run on seven hits before leaving with an injury during the first at-bat of the seventh inning. It was his first quality start in seven starts. Mookie Betts got the Red Sox on the board with an RBI groundout in the fifth inning, scoring Swihart, who had tripled. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- After doubling to leadoff the second inning, David Ortiz was then waved home on a single to left by Hanley Ramirez. It was a poor decision by third base coach Brian Butterfield as Cespedes easily threw Ortiz out at home for the first out of the inning. -- Pablo Sandoval continues to struggle at the plate. The third baseman went went 0-for-3 with a walk. He's 0 for his last 19. -- Although reliever Noe Ramirez got out of a fifth inning jam, he allowed a mammoth homer to Nick Castellanos to leadoff the sixth after the Red Sox had got a run back in the bottom of the fifth. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Ortiz went 1-for-3 in the game with a walk. With his double in the second inning, 12 of his last 18 hits have gone for extra bases. -- Ramirez went 2-for-4 to extend his hit streak to five games. Ortiz and Ramirez went a combined 3-for-5, while the rest of the team went 3-for-23.

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