BOSTON While the chaos that consumed the Red Sox on their abysmal West Coast road trip was quieted (although, replaced by speculation on the managers status and who would be the next manager), the result, though, was still the same, as the Sox lost, 7-5, to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
It was the Sox 25th loss in last 35 games since Aug. 1.
Felix Doubront took the loss, falling to 10-8, as his ERA climbed to 5.21. He went four innings (plus one batter in the fifth), giving up five runs on six hits, including two home runs, and two walks with four strikeouts. It marked the fifth consecutive start, and sixth in his last seven, that Doubront has not been able to go more than five innings. He is 0-3 with a 9.70 ERA in that stretch. The last time he went longer was six innings on July 29 at Yankee Stadium.
Right-hander Henderson Alvarez earned the win for the Jays, going 6 13 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with a strikeout. He improved to 8-12.
The Blue Jays took a 5-0 lead by the fifth inning. In the first, Brett Lawrie led off with a double, went to third on Colby Rasmus groundout, scoring on Edwin Encarnacions sacrifice fly. Encarnacion, who is 5-for-9 with a home run and four RBI in his career against Doubront, extended Torontos lead in the third with his 38th home run of the season.
Moises Seirras two-out, two-run home run in the fourth, scored Kelly Johnson, who walked ahead of him.
Rasmus led off the fifth with a triple into the triangle in center field, ending Doubronts outing, with Clayton Mortensen entering. With one out, Escobars bloop single into right scored Rasmus, giving the Jays a 5-0 lead.
Despite the deficit, the Sox came back with single runs in each of the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings. With one out in the fifth, Ryan Kalish bunted for a hit, went to second on Scott Podsedniks single to right, scoring on a fielders choice by Dustin Pedroia.
Pedro Ciriaco walked with one out in the seventh, ending Henderson Alvarezs outing with Darren Oliver entering. With Kalish batting, Ciriaco stole second and scored on Kalishs single to center.
Pedroia led off the eighth with his 13th home run of the season, cutting the deficit to 5-3.
But, it was too much for the offense to overcome.
Daniel Bard gave up a two-run homer to Rasmus with two outs in the ninth. He has given up a home run in each of his three outings since his return.
Gomez added a two-out, two-run home run in the ninth, his second of the season, scoring Mike Aviles, who walked.