The Boston Red Sox weren’t going to play .700 baseball forever.
But following a 5-2 loss at Fenway Park on Sunday, it appears that the Red Sox are officially slumping. I’m not sure how else you could possibly spin the Red Sox dropping two out of three games to a White Sox squad with the fewest wins in baseball.
Good for their third loss in the last four games, the loss came with what Friday’s loss featured: The Red Sox fumbling on their the late-game chances that simply weren’t coming easy to that point. Within striking distance in the seventh inning, trailing 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the frame, Brock Holt came to the plate with the bases loaded.
But instead of delivering on the game-tying or go-ahead hit, Holt instead flew out to center field. It would be the last hurrah on salvaging this series, too, as Matt Barnes surrendered two runs in the top of the ninth to put Boston to bed.
No Red Sox player had more than one hit in this game, and Rafael Devers knocked in the the lone Boston RBI of the game in the bottom of the second inning behind a line drive single that scored J.D. Martinez. (Boston’s second and final run, meanwhile, came in the bottom of the seventh when Andrew Benintendi scored on an error by Chicago’s Yoan Moncada.)
Rick Porcello went six innings in the losing effort, with two earned runs surrendered on five hits and three walks.
The Red Sox will embark on a 10-game road trip beginning Monday night in Baltimore.