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Against Tigers, De La Rosa Can’t Duplicate Success of Last Outing

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Rubby De La Rosa hands the ball to John Farrell after giving up four runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work on Friday. Paul Sancya/AP

After a stellar starting debut for the Red Sox last week, Rubby De La Rosa couldn’t replicate the performance on Friday, as the 22-year-old struggled in the Sox’ 6-2 loss in Detroit.

The Sox starter allowed four runs on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts in the loss, Boston’s fourth in a row since their seven-game win streak was snapped.

The Sox gave De La Rosa an early lead as Xander Bogaerts doubled home Brock Holt in the top of the first to make it 1-0, but the Tigers took the lead after an RBI single by Andrew Romine in the third and a sac fly by Victor Martinez in the fourth.

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The Tigers extended their lead in the fifth, when De La Rosa gave up back-to-back homers to Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter. De La Rosa was pulled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth after allowing a single to Nick Castellanos and walking Romine.

Detroit added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, this time off of Chris Capuano, on a Martinez solo home run and a Jackson sac fly.

In De La Rosa’s first career start with the Red Sox on May 31, he threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and no walks, while striking out eight as the Sox won their sixth straight game since they dropped 10 in a row earlier in the month.

With Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront still on the shelf, and Brandon Workman appealing a six-game suspension, De La Rosa will likely stay in the Boston rotation for the time being. Assuming the order remains the same, his next outing should be on June 11, as the Red Sox play the Orioles in Baltimore in the final contest of their nine-game road trip.