ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox suffered their second straight loss to the Texas Rangers Saturday night and it was hard to point to an aspect of their game that couldn't use some improvement in the 5-1 defeat.
Starter John Lackey was saddled with the loss, though he probably deserved better. He allowed three runs in five innings, but two scored after a poor throw by third baseman Will Middlebrooks on a chopper with two outs and the bases loaded.
In the eighth, reliever Koji Uehara allowed a two-run homer to light-hitting outfielder Craig Genry.
Things weren't much better on the offensive side. Daniel Nava singled home David Ortiz (double, extending his hitting streak to 12 games this season and 24 games dating back to last season) in the third, but the Sox were otherwise blanked by Alexi Ogando and a host of three relievers.
The Sox were a woeful 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and have scored just one run over their last 21 innings, dating back to the final game of the series in Toronto.
Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had especially rough nights at the plate with the third baseman ending two innings and stranding two baserunners, while Saltalamacchia ended two others and stranded four runners on the night.
STAR OF THE GAME: Alexi Ogando
For the second straight night, the Red Sox got a gem thrown at them by a Texas starter. Ogando pitched into the seventh and allowed just one run while walking just two and fanning four.
HONORABLE MENTION: Craig Gentry
Gentry knocked in the second Texas run with an infield single in the fourth, then helped put the game out of reach with a two-run homer off Koji Uehara in the eighth.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Will Middlebrooks
Middlebrooks's throwing error helped two Texas runs score in the fourth and he wasn't much help at the plate, either, making the final out in both the second and fourth -- both times, stranding runners in scoring position.
TURNING POINT: Trailing by two in the seventh, the Red Sox had runners on first and second and one out but Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia were retired on groundouts.
BY THE NUMBERS: Jacoby Ellsbury's 12th stolen base of the season gives him the league lead in that category.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "I'm just as tired of it as everyone else is, but I'm not going to give up on myself. I know what got me here. I know my ability, so I'm not worried about it. I'll get through it.'' Will Middlebrooks on slumping.