Red Sox Sunk Again by RISP

With their 3-2 loss to the Indians in 11 innings at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon, the Red sox fell to 31-38, 3-6 in extra innings, and 2-3 in extra innings at home.

They also fell to 8-16 in one-run games, the most losses in one-run games in the American League, and 8-29 when their opponent scores first.

The Sox went just 1-for-8 batting with runners in scoring position, and are now batting .239 (140-for-584) in such situations this season. They left eight runners on, and are averaging 7.68 runners left on base per game.

With the loss, the Sox finish the season series 2-5 against the Indians.


Right-hander Brandon Workman, making his fifth start, struck out a season-high seven batters over six innings (plus two batters in the seventh), allowing two runs. It was his most strikeouts in a game since nine on Sept. 30, 2013, against the Mariners. This was his second straight start allowing two or fewer runs and was his third such start in five starts this year. He retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, allowing just a first-inning home run to Michael Brantley.
Workman has now allowed three or fewer runs and gone at least five innings in all eight of his major league starts. It marks the second-longest such streak since 1914 by a Sox pitcher to begin his career.
• Junichi Tazawa took the loss, giving up a lead-off home run to Nick Swisher in the 11th. It was the third home run he’s allowed in 30 innings this season. With the loss Tazawa’s record falls to 1-1. The Sox now have just two pitchers with records above .500: John Lackey (8-4) and Workman (1-0).
• Brock Holt recorded multiple hits for the second straight game and third time in his last four games, going 2-for-5. He has reached base in 22 of 24 starts hitting leadoff this season, batting .349, going 38-for-109. Holt has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games since May 31, batting .388, going 26-for-67, with six doubles, a triple, a home run, and eight RBI.
• Daniel Nava went 0-for-2 but drew a career-high three walks, becoming the first Red Sox with three walks in a game without an intentional pass since Will Middlebrooks on May 1 (G2) against Tampa Bay. Since his June 2 call-up from Pawtucket, he has reached base in 17 of 35 plate appearances, batting .379,with a .486 OBP, going 11-for-29, with four walks, getting hit by pitches twice.
• Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout. It was his 19th straight scoreless appearance, a span of 20.0 innings in which he has given up seven hits and three walks with 25 strikeouts, allowing an opponents’’ average of .113 (7-for-62).
• Stephen Drew returned to the lineup for the first time since June 8, sidelined by an ailing left oblique muscle. He went went 2-for-4, his first multi-hit game of the season and first in the regular season since Sept. 28, 2013, at Baltimore. He entered today 1-for-14 since making his season debut on June 6, and had two of the Sox six hits Sunday against the Indians.
• The Red Sox last hit in the game was Drew’s one-out single in the seventh. After that, 17 Red Sox batters went to the plate and came away hitless.
• Swisher’s home run was the 16th of his career against the Red Sox, and first since May 26, 2013, at Fenway. It was his fourth go-ahead home run against the Sox and first since Aug. 17, 2012, while with the Yankees.

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