Red Sox beaten in the rain by Padres, 5-1


Red Sox beaten in the rain by Padres, 5-1

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- The weather was miserable. John Lackey wasn't much better.

In a game delayed at the start and three more times once it began, Lackey handed the San Diego Padres a 4-0 lead after four innings and the Padres held on to beat the Red Sox 5-1 in a game called after 8 12 innings at water-logged Fenway Park.

Lackey allowed a leadoff homer to Will Venable, the first batter of the afternoon. In a four-run fourth that he wouldn't finish, he allowed runs on a bases-loaded walk, a bases-loaded hit batsman and a wild pitch before yielding one in a more convention fashion -- a run-scoring single to right by Chase Headley.

The loss dropped Lackey to 5-6 and saw his ERA soar to 7.36 for the season. In 11 starts in 2011, Lackey has given up five or more runs in almost half (five) of his outings.

Three Red Sox relievers -- Michael Bowden, Matt Albers and Dan Wheeler -- combined to give the Red Sox 5 23 innings of shutout relief, but the damage had been done.

The Red Sox' 2-3-4 hitters -- Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz -- combined for 8 of the team's 10 hits, but the Sox stranded nine runners and were a woeful 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. In dropping the second game in a row to the lowly Padres, the Sox stranded 20 baserunners and were 5-for-20 with RISP.

The lone Boston run came in the fifth when Gonzalez (four hits) singled home Jacoby Ellsbury from second base.

After dropping the series to the Padres, the Red Sox finished the home portion of their interleague scheduled with a 5-4 record, a year after going 8-1 against NL teams at Fenway.

STAR OF THE GAME: Clayton Richard
Richard entered the game with a 2-9 record, but you wouldn't have known that watching him beat the Red Sox.

He did a better job with the elements and delays that his opposing starter, limiting the Sox' lineup to a single run over five innings, minimizing the damage done against him.

Venable got the Padres off to a quick 1-0 lead when he hammered a leadoff homer in the top of the first.

He later worked a bases-loaded walk and ended the game with two runs scored and two RBI.

For the fifth time in 11 starts, Lackey gave up five runs or more in a start.

Wednesday, he couldn't get his team out of the fourth inning, resulting in his shortest outing since April, 19, 2010.

TURNING POINT: In the fourth inning, Lackey struggled with the rain and his grip and walked one hitter and hit another -- both with the bases loaded -- as the game got away from the Sox.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox stranded nine baserunners, giving them 20 stranded in the two losses to the Padres.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "You guys are going to write whatever you want.'' John Lackey, after being asked if he had trouble gripping a particular pitch in the rain.

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Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recently optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox


Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.


Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.


Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.


Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.


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