Bard implosion leads to Red Sox loss to Jays, 5-1

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Bard implosion leads to Red Sox loss to Jays, 5-1

TORONTO Daniel Bard struggled with what looked like a complete lackof control, posting the worst outing for a Red Sox starting pitcherthis season, and the Sox dropped the series finale, 5-1, to the Blue Jays.

Bard lasted just 1 23 innings, facing 13 batters in all, giving up five runs on just one hit withsix walks two hit batters, a home run, and two strikeouts. Bards ERA rose from4.56 to 5.24.

Bard opened the game with walks to Kelly Johnson and YunelEscobar before Jose Bautistas blast into the left field seats. Bautista hadbeen 0-for-9 in his career against Bard before that.

Bard followed that with a four-pitch walk to EdwinEncarnacion before getting David Cooper to ground into a double play and BrettLawrie to fly out to Scott Podsednik in center.

Bards performance deteriorated in the second inning. Heopened with another four-pitch walk to Colby Rasmus and a walk to J.P.Arencibia before striking out No. 9 hitter Rajai Davis and Johnson.

Bard then hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch to load the basesbefore a walk to Bautista forced in a run. Encarnacion then became Bardssecond hit batter of the afternoon, forcing in another run -- with the RogersCentre crowd chanting for his ejection -- and forcing Bard from the game as theRogers Centre crowd booed him off the field.

Franklin Morales replaced Bard, holding the Blue Jays scorelessfor 4 13 innings, his longest outing as a reliever and longest since going 413 as a starter for the Rockies on April 28, 2008. Scott Atchison and Rich Hill pitched thefinal two scoreless innings.

Meanwhile, Sox batters could do little with Blue Jays rookieDrew Hutchison, who went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and awalk with five strikeouts, a home run and two hit batters.

The Sox scored their lone run on Kelly Shoppachs third homerun of the season, a solo shot with two outs in the fifth of Hutchison.

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

CHICAGO -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to Chicago:

 

QUOTES:

"He's rarely in the middle of the plate. He pitches to the edge very effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you.'' - John Farrell on White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

"We have such a heavily righthand-hitting lineup, you would think that our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitching coming at them. . . We're capable of more.'' - Farrell on the Sox 0-3 record against lefty starters.

"He's done everything that we could have asked, to get deep into games and low run situations -- and not just this year. This goes back to when he was in the rotation last year.'' - Farrell on tough-luck loser Steven Wright.

"That's what I'm working for every time.'' - Carson Smith on his scoreless inning in his Red Sox debut.

"It is what it is. Keep working and try to be ready on whatever opportunities come. That's all I can say about that.'' - Chris Young, on the infrequency of lefty starters.

"A little frustrated with the walks. I gave them the second run with the walks. When I'm out there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it's hard to get into a rhythm.'' - Steven Wright.

 

NOTES

* The Red Sox have faced three lefty starters this season and are 0-3. They've managed two runs in 23 innings and hit just .108 (8-for-74) against them.

* When the opposition scores first, the Red Sox are 5-6 this season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning single.

* Dating back to last season, Steven Wright hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine starts.

* Hanley Ramirez's homer in the fifth was his first since April 6, covering 96 at-bats.

 

STARS

1) Jose Quintana

Chicago's starter was brilliant, allowing a single run in eight innings on just four hits without issuing a walk.

2) Jose Abreu

The White Sox first baseman drove in three of the four White Sox runs with a first-inning triple and a two-run double in the eighth.

3) Steven Wright

Once again, the knuckballer got almost no run support and was stuck with the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.