BOSTON - Maybe Thursday's trade deadline will give the Red Sox some clarity and direction for the rest of the way. But starting Friday, some wins might be a nice goal, too.
The Red Sox dropped their third straight and eighth in the last nine games Wednesday, swept by the Toronto Blue Jays in a one-sided 6-1 decision.
Brandon Workman, who stepped in to take a start originally scheduled for soon-to-be-departed Jon Lester, fared poorly, though he was also done in by a leaky defense including his own throwing error.
Workman walked the first two batters of the game and saw both Blue Jays come around to score on an RBI single from Dioner Navarro and a fielder's choice by Juan Francisco.
In a particularly sloppy fifth inning, compounded by errors from Xander Bogaerts and Workman himself, the Sox allowed three more runs -- all of them unearned.
In five innings, Workman was uncharacteristically wild, issuing four walks.
Toronto starter Mark Buehrle, who last recorded a victory on June 1 and was winless in his last nine outings, picked up the win
Navarro finished with a three-RBI night and narrowly missed a solo homer in the top of the ninth.
The lone Red Sox run came in the fifth when Bogaerts doubled off the wall in straightaway center field and rode home when Christian Vazquez drove a double that bounced into the bullpen in right.
STAR OF THE GAME: Dionner Navarro
The Blue Jays catcher collected three hits and knocked in half of Toronto's six runs - one in the first, one in the fifth and another in the sixth.
HONORABLE MENTION: Mark Buehrle
The veteran lefty was on a winless streak nearly as long as that of Jake Peavy, having gone nine straight outings without recording a victory. Wednesday night saw vintage Buehrle work quickly over 6 2/3 innings while issuing one walk and allowing just one run.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Brandon Workman
Workman got off to a poor start by walking the first two hitters he faced -- and both scored. He later compounded things by committing a throwing error.
TURNING POINT: The Blue Jays led 2-0 when errors by Workman and third baseman Xander Bogaerts led to three unearned runs in the fifth.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Blue Jays have won six straight games against the Red Sox by a combined score of 45-11.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "It's definitely different. I guess it could be a lot more different in the next couple of days." - Brandon Workman on the changes the Red Sox have already experienced -- and may yet experience.