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

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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.

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.