Red Sox drop another, lose 7-5 to Blue Jays
BOSTON (AP) — Being back at home in Fenway Park wasn't an elixir for Boston's losing ways.
The Red Sox returned home after going 1-8 on a West Coast trip that left them just one game ahead of Friday night's opponent, the last-place Toronto Blue Jays, in the AL East. After a 7-5 loss, the Red Sox are clinging to fourth place by the very slim margin of .4532 to .4525.
"It's just unfortunate we can't get anything going in the right direction," shortstop Mike Aviles said.
Starter Felix Doubront (10-8) dropped to 0-4 in his past seven starts. He gave up five runs and six hits before leaving with no outs in the fifth and the Red Sox trailing, 5-0.
"His stuff was pretty good," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "The first run of the game he jammed the first four hitters. His stuff is alright. He says his arm is fine. He just needs to bust through those middle innings.
"They're a home run hitting team and we tried to stay away from the home run," said Valentine, whose team gave up three homers, including two off Doubront.
The Red Sox hitting woes also continued. Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez (8-12) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. He snapped a six-game stretch in which he was 0-5 with a 7.67 ERA.
"Alvarez had good stuff. We couldn't find a way to get runs early," said second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who hit his 13th homer of the season in the eighth inning and cut the Blue Jays lead to 5-3. "We scored some runs late but we need to do a better job of putting some runs on the board."
Edwin Encarnacion, Moises Sierra, and Colby Rasmus all homered for the Blue Jays. Rasmus' 22nd homer of the year in the ninth provided the winning margin when Mauro Gomez hit a two-run shot, his second, for Boston in the bottom of the inning.
Encarnacion drove in the first two runs with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and his 38th homer in the third. Sierra made it 4-0 in the fourth with his fourth homer, following a walk to Kelly Johnson.