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.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.