Road-killed: Sox drop seventh straight after 4-1 loss to M's


Road-killed: Sox drop seventh straight after 4-1 loss to M's

SEATTLE -- It wasn't by a lopsided score and it didn't begin with the opponent scoring multiple runs in the first inning or two. But for the Red Sox, it ended the same way: with a loss.

The Sox dropped a 4-1 decision to the Seattle Mariners Monday, their seventh straight loss. The last losing streak to last longer was in late August through early September under interim manager Joe Kerrigan.

This time, the Sox actually grabbed an early lead -- their first lead of any kind since the first game of their ill-fated road trip -- when Cody Ross singled home Dustin Pedroia.

But the Sox were blanked over the next eight innings and have scored just 16 over the last seven games.

Clay Buchholz, 11-5, allowed all four runs in the fourth inning, though only three were earned.

The Seattle rally began with a infield chopper to third that Franklin Gutierrez beat out. After Buchholz plunked Kyle Seager, John Jaso singled to right. Another single to right from John Jaso scored a second run.

With runners at the corner, Jacoby Ellsbury caught a fly ball off the bat of Eric Thames, but short hopped his throw to the plate. Ryan Lavarnway bobbled it, allowing Jaso to score. When shortstop Jose Iglesias bobbled the transfer on a routine grounder, it allowed Smoke to score the fourth run of the inning.

The four runs in the same inning matched the number of runs the light-hitting Mariners managed in their previous two games combined.