Red Sox Wrap: Quiet Bats, Poor Defense Haunt Boston In 3-0 Loss To Blue Jays

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The Boston Red Sox’s four-game winning streak ended Wednesday night, as they were blanked 3-0 by the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Rick Porcello was strong on the mound for Boston, but the ace was plagued by poor defense and a lack of run support. In fact, the Sox logged just six hits in the contest. All six hits were singles.

With the loss, Boston falls to 9-6 while Toronto improves to 3-11.

Here’s how it all went down.

GAME IN A WORD
Quiet.

It seemed the Red Sox bats finally were waking up, but they were nowhere to be found Wednesday night. Porcello pitched well enough to keep the Sox in the game, but they couldn’t come through at the plate for their ace.

IT WAS OVER WHEN …
The window was left open for Boston to mount a late comeback, but Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna shut down the Red Sox in the ninth inning.

ON THE BUMP
— Rick Porcello was strong on the mound, as he hurled seven innings in which he gave up just six hits and struck out five.

Porcello gave up three runs, all of which were unearned and came in the second inning. Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin both reached base to start the frame on errors committed by Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland, respectively.

Both Blue Jays scored in the inning on a two-RBI single from Darwin Barney, who later scored on a Ezequiel Carrera single.

Following the error-filled second inning, Porcello settled in and stymied the Blue Jays’ bats for the rest of the outing.

— Eduardo Rodriguez entered in the eighth inning in relief of Porcello. Rodriguez rejoined the team Wednesday after missing a game because of paternity leave. The left-hander had a clean 1-2-3 inning.

IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— Sandoval was the only Red Sox hitter to record a multi-hit game. The third baseman went 2-for-3 with two singles.

— After going 129 plate appearances without striking out, Mookie Betts was sat down by way of the K via Blue Jays starter Francisco Liriano. Betts went 1-for-4 in the contest with a single.

— Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts and Moreland were the only other Boston hitters to record hits.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT
The Sox faced an early deficit, but not as early as recent games.

UP NEXT
The Red Sox and Blue Jays will finish their three-game series Thursday at 12:37 p.m. ET. Chris Sale is scheduled to get the ball for Boston and will be countered by Toronto’s Marco Estrada.

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