SEATTLE -- It wasn't by a lopsided score and it didn't begin with the opponent scoring multiple runs in the first inning or two. But for the Red Sox, it ended the same way: with a loss.
The Sox dropped a 4-1 decision to the Seattle Mariners Monday, their seventh straight loss. The last losing streak to last longer was in late August through early September under interim manager Joe Kerrigan.
This time, the Sox actually grabbed an early lead -- their first lead of any kind since the first game of their ill-fated road trip -- when Cody Ross singled home Dustin Pedroia.
But the Sox were blanked over the next eight innings and have scored just 16 over the last seven games.
Clay Buchholz, 11-5, allowed all four runs in the fourth inning, though only three were earned.
The Seattle rally began with a infield chopper to third that Franklin Gutierrez beat out. After Buchholz plunked Kyle Seager, John Jaso singled to right. Another single to right from John Jaso scored a second run.
With runners at the corner, Jacoby Ellsbury caught a fly ball off the bat of Eric Thames, but short hopped his throw to the plate. Ryan Lavarnway bobbled it, allowing Jaso to score. When shortstop Jose Iglesias bobbled the transfer on a routine grounder, it allowed Smoke to score the fourth run of the inning.
The four runs in the same inning matched the number of runs the light-hitting Mariners managed in their previous two games combined.
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.