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Home cooking still sour for the Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 5, 2012 12:59 AM

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As the Red Sox celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, somebody should tell the players to join the party.

The Red Sox have lost eight of their last nine games at the old ballpark after Friday night's 6-4 loss in 13 innings against the Orioles. They're 4-8 at home this season and 8-18 since last Sept. 1.

Since the start of last season, the Sox are 49-44 at home. That's remarkably bad for a team with as many advantages as the Sox have.

“Everyone wants to play well at home and it hasn’t happened. We have to figure out how to do that,” Dustin Pedroia said “We haven’t played very well.”

Given the location, it's little wonder Franklin Morales took the loss. Since being acquired from the Rockies a year ago, Morales has allowed two earned runs in 20 2/3 innings on the road and 17 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings at Fenway.

Pin this one on the offense. The Sox had three hits in the last eight innings and were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. They are 3 for 35 the last three nights.

The game ended at 11:48 p.m. As he walked out of the clubhouse, Pedroia was asked what is needed to turn the Red Sox around.

“Sleep,” he said.

If only it were that easy.

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