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.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.