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Red Sox Fall to Blue Jays, 7-4

The Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays, 7-4, Tuesday night at Fenway Park, and are now 0-4 on the six-game homestand, 10-15 at home, 20-24 this season, and on a five-game losing streak.

Left-hander Felix Doubront took the loss, falling to 2-4 while his ERA rose from 4.54 to 5.12. Doubront left with shoulder fatigue after allowing the first two batters in the fifth inning to reach on consecutive doubles. He went four innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts, and two home runs.

The Blue Jays got their first three runs and six of their seven runs on home runs. In the third, Melky Cabrera doubled and scored on Edwin Encarnacion’s two-out home run, the first of his two homers in the game. In the second Erik Kratz hit a two-out solo shot.

Edward Mujica replaced Doubront in the fifth. With one out, he gave up the second of Encarnacion’s two-run homers, scoring Cabrera, whose double earlier in the inning scored Jose Reyes and ended Doubront’s outing.

In the sixth Cabrera hit a solo shot of Mujica.

The Sox came back with two runs in the fifth when Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley, and Dustin Pedroia doubled. They added two more in sixth when Jonny Gomes fourth home run of the season scored Mike Napoli, who led off the inning with a single.

But that was all they would get. They had a chance to tack on some runs in the eighth when Gomes led off with a single and Xander Bogaerts walked. But, down three runs, Brock Holt curiously executed a sacrifice bunt. David Ross struck out and Bradley popped out ending the inning.

With closer Casey Janssen in for the ninth, the Sox had the first two runners on when Pedroia and Victorino hit consecutive singles. But David Ortiz, representing the tying run, struck out, after a long foul ball that was just outside the Pesky Pole in right field. Mike Napoli grounded into a double play to end the game.

Bogaerts, who had a closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon with manager John Farrell to discuss the acquisition of shortstop Stephen Drew, had a tough game. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout, leaving four runners on base. He lined into a double play with the bases loaded to end the fourth and extended his team lead with two errors, giving him six for the season.

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THE HIGHLIGHTS:
· The Sox came from being six runs down and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth.
· Burke Badenhop, Craig Breslow, and Junichi Tazawa combined to pitch 3 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits with a walk and two strikeouts.


THE LOWLIGHTS:
· Doubront lasted just four innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts and two home runs. It was the fifth time he has allowed at least five extra-base hits in his career, three have been against the Blue Jays.
· The Sox had the tying run at the plate in the eighth and ninth innings but couldn’t score one run. They went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base.
· The Blue Jays had 11 hits in the game. The first eight were for extra bases – four home runs and four doubles. It matched a season high extra-base hits allowed by Red Sox pitchers for the third time (after doing so just twice in 2013), and a season-high extra-base hits recorded for Blue Jays batters for the second time.

THE STARS:
· Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored, and two RBI. He tied his career high for the fourth time with four extra-base hits. The home run was his first at Fenway since June 2, 2007, while with the Yankees.
· Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with two home runs, two runs scored, and four RBI. He now has 12 home runs at Fenway since the beginning of 2012,matching Nick Swisher for the most by a visiting player in that time.
· Badenhop entered after Mujica and pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings, with one strikeout. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 18 innings, spanning 14 games since April 21. Over his last 16 games he has allowed just one earned run in 20 1/3 innings for a 0.44 ERA, holding opponents to a .211 average (15-for-71).

WHAT’S HAPPENING:
In addition to their five-game losing streak, their longest since losing eight straight at the end of their dismal 2012 season, the Red Sox are continuing some disconcerting trends:
· They continue to struggle with runners in scoring position, hitting just 3-for-14 in the game.
· It was the 24th time the Sox have allowed their opponents to score first. They fell to 5-19 in those games.
· They fell to 10-15 at home.


AROUND THE BASES:
· Gomes hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot on the first pitch of his sixth-inning at-bat against Happ. Of his 153 career home runs, 34, or 22 percent, have come on the first pitch, the most he’s hit in any count.
· Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a walk and has reached base in 39 of 41 games this season, including al 24 home games, the longest streak by a Sox batter since Kevin Youkilis reached in his first 32 home games in 2007. Napoli’s is the longest active home on-base streak this season.
· The loss to Happ drops the Sox to 10-5 against left-handed starters. Their .667 winning percentage against lefty starters is second in the American League only to Detroit’s .833.

TRAINER’S ROOM:
· Doubront left the game with fatigue in his left shoulder. He will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

UP NEXT:
The Sox and Jays continue their series Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Fenway. Right-hander Clay Buchholz (2-3, 6.17) is scheduled to start, opposed by right-hander Drew Hutchinson (2-3, 3.64).

This will be Buchholz’s ninth start this season. He has posted five quality starts. He has faced the Jays once already this season, going a season-high seven innings on April 26. He gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts to earn the win. He has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last five starts against the Jays since Sept. 15, 2012. In that span he has an ERA of 2.06, giving up eight earned runs in 35 innings.