BOSTON — In an ugly night all around, the Red Sox were left wet and embarrassed following a rain-soaked and weather-shortened one-sided shutout defeat to the Oakland A's, 13-0.
The tarp was put on after seven innings and a half-hour later, it was officially called.
Alfredo Aceves was rocked for seven hits and eight runs in just 3 1/3 innings. Aceves walked four and was charged with two balks, and on a ground ball to the right side, failed to cover first base in time. He then compounded things with an wild throw to home plate.
Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon allowed just three hits -- one the infield variety -- while walking one and fanning seven. Colon featured almost exclusively fastballs in improving to 3-0.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright made his major league debut in the fourth and gave up five runs. Wright was pitching for the first time since April 9, having been called up last week from Pawtucket and being idle for the last six games.
Five A's players -- Coco Crisp, Seth Smith, John Jaso, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick -- had multiple RBI. Every member of the Oakland starting lineup had either a hit or a run scored -- or both.
STAR OF THE GAME: Bartolo Colon
Colon seemed to deal just fine with the lousy conditions, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing just three hits -- one in the infield -- and striking out seven. He retired 14 of the first 15 hitters he faced, and did it all while throwing almost exclusively fastballs.
HONORABLE MENTION: John Jaso
Jaso had three hits, knocked in two and scored two others as part of a 13-hit attack on the part of the A's, who scored at least one run in four straight innings from the third through the sixth.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Alfredo Aceves
His "lack of focus'' -- as his manager put it - on the mound was bad enough, with two balks, an error and a failure to cover first base. But Aceves then compounded things by making lots of excuses for his night, blaming the conditions and the strike zones and wondering why his teammates didn't do more damage against Colon.
TURNING POINT: Tough to find a starting point on such an ugly game, but let's go with Aceves's failure to get over to first base to take a throw from Mike Napoli, then making matters worse with a wild throw to the plate.
BY THE NUMBERS: The defeat was the worst shutout loss for the Red Sox since losing to Tampa Bay 13-0 on April 30, 2009.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "Nothing interesting. Just a game we won, um, lost. That's it.'' -- Alfredo Aceves, when asked what happened Tuesday night.