BOSTON - After being limited to just six runs in their previous four games combined, the sleepy Red Sox offense snapped awake Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, it came after they had already spotted the visitors a 6-0 head start.
In each of the final two innings, the Red Sox brought the potential tying run to the plate. But in the eighth, after a curious call to have Brock Holt bunt, David Ross fanned and Jackie Bradley Jr. popped weakly to second. In the ninth, David Ortiz struck out and Mike Napoli hit into a game-ending double play. In the final two innings alone, the Sox stranded four.
The Sox banged out 12 hits, but they proved too little, too late as they dropped a 7-4 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays, suffering their fifth loss in a row while falling a season-low four games under .500.
Felix Doubront was shelled five runs in just over four innings of work, with every one of the six hits allowed good for extra bases -- four doubles and two homers.
Edward Mujica, who relieved Doubront in the fifth when the starter left because of fatiugue in his left shoulder, fared no better, allowing two more homers and a double to the nine hitters he faced.
Edwin Encarnacion homered twice and knocked in four runs. Melky Cabrera added two doubles and two RBI.
Run-scoring doubles from Bradley and Dustin Pedroia in the fifth got the Red Sox on the scoreboard and a two-run homer from Jonny Gomes (three hits) gave them four runs, more than they managed in 27 innings against the Tigers over the weekend.
STAR OF THE GAME: Edwin Encarcion
The first baseman belted two homers and knocked in four runs to pace the Jays' attack. It was Encarnacion's third multi-homer game this season. Encarnacion now has 12 homers at Fenway since the start of 2012.
HONORABLE MENTION: Melky Cabrera
Cabrera had a four-hit night, with three of the hits going for extra bases (two doubles and a homer). He knocked in two and scored three runs.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Felix Doubront
Doubront didn't get an out in the fifth inning and was shelled for five runs on five hits -- every one of them an extra-base hit.
TURNING POINT: In the eighth inning, the Red Sox had runners and first and second with no out, but couldn't push across a run to make it more interesting.
BY THE NUMBERS: Jackie Bradley Jr's run-scoring double in the fifth improved his average to .316 (12-for-38) with runners in scoring position.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "Tonight was a tough one. A lot going on. There was a lot going on today. I don't want to make no excuses, but it was definitely a tough day today." - Xander Bogaerts, after learning Stephen Drew was coming in to take over at short, then making two errors in the game.