For much of this season, Felix Doubront has been the Red Sox' most consistent starter. But for the second time in his last four outings, Doubront failed to keep his team in the game.
Doubront was tagged for seven runs in six innings -- though only five of them were earned -- as the Sox dropped a slugfest with Toronto Blue Jays, losing 9-6.
The lefty gave up four runs in the first and another in the second as the Blue Jays took a 5-2 lead after two. He seemed to settle in that as the Sox mounted a comeback, tying the game in the fourth.
But Doubront allowed two more runs in the sixth on a two-run homer to J.P. Arencibia and the Jays led the rest of the way, tacking on two more runs off reliever Matt Albers in the seventh for good measure.
Over his last four starts, Doubront has a 6.65 ERA. In three of those four starts, he's allowed at least four earned runs following a stretch that saw him go six starts in a row in which he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any one outing.
The game was interrupted in the top of the seventh by a rain delay that lasted nearly two hours.
David Ortiz belted two homers, giving him 398 for his career. The two-homer game was his 37th as a member of the Red Sox, tying him with Ted Williams for the most in club history.
Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Kalish added run-scoring single for the Red Sox.
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.