Sox lose 43 to Royals, drop series

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Sox lose 43 to Royals, drop series

KANSAS CITY The Red Sox have lost games in virtually every conceivable manner this season. Wednesday night, they discovered yet another.

Poor outfield defense led to three unearned runs in the first inning, and the Red Sox never recovered, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Kansas City Royals, a team that had won all of two games at home this season before the Red Sox arrived in town.

With two out and two on in the first, Johnny Giavotella lined a ball to center which Marlon Byrd misjudged. He misplayed the ball, allowing the two baserunners to score. Giovatella later came around to score, too, on a double by catcher Brayan Pena which Cody Ross ran down on the warning track, then juggled and dropped.

A bases-clearing double by Adrian Gonzalez in the third inning accounted for all three of the Red Sox runs.

A single by Cody Ross and a walk by Jarrod Saltalamacchia to open the ninth gave the Sox hope, and a sacrifice bunt by Marlon Byrd put both runners in scoring position.

But closer Jonathan Broxton got Ryan Sweeney to line out to left, then got Mike Aviles on a groundout to short for the final out.

Jon Lester allowed just one earned run, but once more, a high pitch count limited his night to just five innings. He needed 108 pitches to record just 15 outs.

Clayton Mortensten contributed three scoreless innings of relief, but Boston's hitters were also shut out through those frames.

Britton: Red Sox don't have anyone else to call up and pitch

Britton: Red Sox don't have anyone else to call up and pitch

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal joins Michael Felger on Sports Tonight to discuss another poor outing by Eduardo Rodriguez and what other options the Red Sox have at pitcher.

Quotes, notes and stars: E-Rod, Red Sox 'capable of more'

Quotes, notes and stars: E-Rod, Red Sox 'capable of more'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 13-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays: 

 

QUOTES

"The bottom line is, he's capable of more, we're capable of more. We need to get better and we had a chance to share that after the game here tonight. We collectively have to get better.'' - John Farrell on Eduardo Rodriguez and the rest of the Red Sox.

"We can't continue to expect our offense to climb out of holes, as we've been. We've got to set the tone and lead the way from the mound more than we are.'' - Farrell on falling behind early.

"Yeah, I think guys are playing hard. I mean, hell, our shortstop ran a 3.9 down the line in the ninth inning, down seven runs - then went first-to-third. So, yeah, that was pretty cool.'' - Dustin Pedroia, asked whether he was satisfied with the effort of the club.

"Do you honestly think I'm going to tell you that? I was talking to him about baseball. That's basically it. I talk to all my teammates every day.'' - Pedroia, when asked what he said in a mound visit with Rodriguez.

 

NOTES

* The 13 runs allowed by the Red Sox tied a season-high and the 18 hits were the most they've given up this season.

* The Red Sox have been outscored 22-0 in the first innings of their last 15 games.

* The Sox dropped to 4 1/2 games back in the American League East, their biggest deficit of the season.

* On the current road trip, Red Sox starters have combined for a 13.20 ERA.

* Boston has allowed first-inning runs in six of their last eight games.

* David Ortiz collected his 1,703rd RBI, passing Reggie Jackson and moving into 24th place all-time.

* Sandy Leon (two-run homer) has five extra-base hits in 29 at-bats this season. Last year, he had two in 114 at-bats.

* Bryce Brentz had his first three-hit game, first multi-RBI game and first multi-extra-base hit game of his career.

 

STARS

1) Nick Franklin

Franklin, making just his second start of the season, had a career-high five RBI with three hits, including his first homer since last Sept. 15.

2) Logan Forsythe

From the leadoff position, Forsythe banged out three hits, knocked in three runs and scored two to pace the Tampa Bay offense.

3) Evan Longoria

It wouldn't be a series between these two teams without Longoria doing some major damage. The veteran third baseman had three hits and two runs scored as part of the conga line that was the Rays lineup.