Junichi Tazawa allowed five runs (four earned) as part of the Red Sox bullpen allowed 9 in the seventh inning. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Red Sox allowing 9 runs in seventh inning adds to list of rock bottom moments this year

Ryan Hannable
June 12, 2015 - 8:10 pm

It's June 13 and already too many times has the question been asked, "Is this rock bottom?" That growing list got another addition Friday night when the Red Sox bullpen allowed nine runs in the seventh inning, as the Red Sox blew an 8-1 lead, falling to the Blue Jays 13-10. It was their fourth straight loss. According to Elias, Toronto became the first team to score nine runs before recording an out in an inning since the Red Sox scored 12 runs in the sixth inning on May 7, 2007. The Blue Jays also overcame a deficit of at least seven runs for the fifth time in club history. "It was a long inning, obviously," manger John Farrell said. "We know that they are an explosive, big-inning type of offense and that played out. Tried to stay right-handed because of that lineup and use the big part of the field. They were able to fight off a number of good pitcher's pitches and didn't miss any time we made a located pitch on the plate. Couldn't slow them down until the final nine-run tally." Red Sox starter Joe Kelly had exited the game and in came reliever Matt Barnes, who faced three batters and allowed hits to all three. Then in came Junichi Tazawa, who the Blue Jays own, and he allowed three straight hits before an error by third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Then, with the game knotted at eight, Russell Martin delivered the big blow with a three-run triple to the triangle in right-center, ending Tazawa's night and there still being no outs in the inning. Things didn't get any better, as Tommy Layne entered and he was greeted with Justin Smoak crushing a two-run homer into the Monster seats, before he was able to retire the next three hitters in succession and mercifully end the inning. The inning featured 12 hitters, nine runs, eight hits, one error and three different Red Sox pitchers. "It's a tough loss, every loss is pretty tough, but it's stuff like that that happens in baseball -- not all the time obviously, but pretty weird game to watch," Kelly said. "Just crazy how those guys kept hammering the baseball." Added Tazawa on the inning through a translator: "I was able to get the first hitter off balance, but that ended up being a hit and after that I think I might have rushed my pitches." What made the game even more tough to swallow was the start the Red Sox offense got off to. Coming off a three-game sweep in Baltimore, the Red Sox offense scored five runs in the first inning, highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Pablo Sandoval and Mookie Betts. They sent 11 men to the plate, their most in any opening frame since 13 batters hit on July 8, 2011. Dustin Pedroia would then add a towering three-run home run in the third inning to extend their lead to 8-1 and the team seemingly in the drivers seat to end its three-game losing streak. "We're well aware of where we were with an 8-1 lead," Farrell said. "This is our job. Games like this do happen. They can happen, obviously it has and it's up to us ready to play tomorrow." The game was their first seven-run lead blown since April 21, 2012 against the Yankees when they led the game 9-0. The defeat drops them to a season-high eight games below .500 at 27-35, but even with another demoralizing loss, hope isn't lost inside the clubhouse. "Nothing's changed here," Mike Napoli said. "We go out and play the game, play hard, try and make things happen. No one is going to give up here in this clubhouse, from top to bottom. We're going to get out here tomorrow and get after it." With the Red Sox staring a third last place AL East finish in four years, patience is getting less and less with Red Sox Nation. The manager was asked what his message would be to fans who are about to give up on the season. Like Napoli, Farrell isn't giving up, but where they stand now, it's a tall, tall mountain to climb. "I wouldn't write this team off," Farrell said. "This is still a team that has a long track record with individual performance and we have to put some things together as a team in all phases. This isn't to single anyone else. You can say it was a strong offense night tonight, it takes the other two components, pitching and defense to work in concession."