BOSTON – As trade rumors enveloped nearly every Red Sox player before Thursday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Red Sox lost Wednesday night, 6-1, suffering a three-game sweep to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
The Sox have lost eight of the last nine games, their last six games against the Jays, and the first six games at Fenway against the Jays this season.
Brandon Workman -- starting in place of Jon Lester, one of the subjects of a great deal of trade speculation and was scratched because of that – took the loss, falling to 1-4 (4.08 ERA). He went five innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts.
Jays lefthander Mark Buehrle earned the win, improving to 11-7. He went 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
The Jays jumped on Workman right away. The righthander walked the first two batters he faced, Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera, who eventually scored as Toronto sent seven batters to the plate in the first inning, foricing Workman to throw 36 pitches.
The Jays added on with three unearned runs off Workman in the fifth, and a run off Craig Breslow in the sixth.
The Sox scored their lone run in the fifth when Xander Bogaerts led off with double, scoring on Christian Vazquez's ground-rule double into the Sox bullpen.
Andrew Miller, in what could be his last appearance in a Red Sox uniform, struck out the side in the eighth. Burke Badenhop pitched a scoreless eighth, with two hits and a strikepiut.
Koji Uehara, making his first appearance since Sunday, pitched a scoreless ninth.
MVP: Dioner Navarro
Navarro went 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBI, matching a season high in RBI for the third time. He has reached base at least four times in a game three times this season. All three of those games have been against the Red Sox.
GOAT: Brandon Workman
Making his first major league start since July 8, Workman gave up five runs, two earned, in five innings, taking the loss. He gave up a career-high four walks. He has lost each of his last four major league starts.
In the first inning, Juan Francisco grounded to first baseman Brock Holt, who elected to go home attempting to cut down Melky Cabrera. But Cabrera beat the play, scoring the Jays second run, which would be all the runs the Jays would need.
QUOTE OF THE GAME:
“I got his phone number,” – David Ortiz, if he had said good-bye to Jon Lester
NUMBERS TO KNOW:
The Sox were swept in a series at Fenway for the fifth time this season, and the seventh time overall. It is the second time they were swept at Fenway by the Jays. They have yet to beat Toronto in a home game this season. They are 3-10 overall against the Jays this season, the most losses in a season since going 2-11 in 1988…The Sox have lost eight of their last nine games following a stretch in which they won eight of nine…In their their six-game losing streak to the Blue Jays, the Red Sox have been outscored 45-11…
Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with a double, his sixth multi-hit game of the season. Of his 23 hits this season, 11 have been for extra bases…Xander Bogaerts is 4-for-8 in his last two games with two doubles and a home run. He has extra-base hits in back-to-back games for the first time since June 2-3. He extended his hitting streak to five games…Andrew Miller struck out the side in the seventh, giving him 28 strikeouts in his last 15 innings. It was his 50th appearance of the season, just the second time he has reached that mark in his career, along with 53 games in 2012…With the win Jays starter Mark Buehrle snapped a streak of losing his last six decisions…Ryan Goins went 1-for-4 for the Jays, raising his average against the Sox this season to .355, going 11-for-31. He is batting just .145, going 9-for-62 against all other opponents.
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Sox fell to 48-60, matching their low point of the season at 12 games below .500. After 10 games in the dreadful 2012 season they were only two games under .500.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Sox have a much-needed off-day on Thursday before the start of a three-game series against the Yankees at Fenway Park. John Lackey (11-7, 3.60) is scheduled to start, opposed by former Sox left-hander Chris Capuano (1-1, 4.30).
Manager John Farrell said before Wednesday’s game he was not aware of a contingency plan for a starter in case Lackey is traded. But right-hander Anthony Ranaudo was pushed back in his next start for Triple-A Pawtucket from Thursday to Friday, putting him on the right schedule.