Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

Clay Buchholz can't even look as Dustin Garneau rounds the bases after homering Thursday.</p>
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Clay Buchholz doesn't know what hit him as Dustin Garneau circles the bases after hitting a homer on Thursday. (David Butler II-USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz doesn’t know what hit him as Dustin Garneau circles the bases after hitting a homer on Thursday. (David Butler II-USA Today Sports)

It became apparent this wouldn’t be the Red Sox’ night on the first Red Sox at-bat of the evening.

Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., looking to extend the longest hitting streak in the majors to 30 games, launched a Jon Gray offering deep to right field. What looked like a surefire homer off the bat instead nestled into the glove of Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez.

Bradley would hit another ball to the base of the center field wall later in the game with the same result, bringing to an end one of the most uplifting stretches of baseball in recent Red Sox history and halting his hitting streak at 29 games.

On the flip side, right-hander Clay Buchholz saw a streak of his own continue, and it might cost him his spot in the rotation. Buchholz allowed a trio of two-run homers and got booed off the field, taking the loss in an 8-2 defeat.

The Red Sox didn’t have a chance in this one because Buchholz didn’t give it to them. After David Ortiz gave the Sox a 2-0 lead with his 12th homer of the season in the first, the Rockies tied it on a Carlos Gonzalez homer in the fourth, and then took control with consecutive two-run homers leading off the fifth as Buchholz saw his ERA climb to 6.35.

The only drama thereafter was whether Bradley could extend his streak. He got his last chance leading off the eighth, but grounded out routinely to second on the first pitch. The game ended with Bradley on deck.

Closing Time note

Buchholz has now allowed 28 runs on the 12 home runs he has surrendered. Only two of the 12 have been solo shots.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— David Ortiz stayed smoldering with a two-run homer in the first, his 12th of the year, and he later added his league-leading 22nd double. He also leads the league with 45 RBIs.

— Bradley’s hitting streak may have ended, but shortstop Xander Bogaerts extended a streak of his own with a single in the first. He has now hit in 19 straight.

— Right-hander Heath Hembree gave the Red Sox three innings of one-run (unearned) ball, leaving the bullpen intact for a series that opens in Toronto on Friday.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Ugh. Buchholz. He went five innings, allowing seven hits and six runs. The home run once again proved his undoing, as he allowed three of them, all two-run shots.

— Bradley’s hitting streak ended, even though he crushed the ball twice.

— Third baseman Travis Shaw made his sixth error of the season, leading to an unearned run.

— The rampaging offense was surprisingly silenced by right-hander Jon Gray, who started the night with a 6.75 ERA, but limited the Sox to five hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.

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Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Say goodbye to Clay Buchholz?

Taking the mound with his spot in the starting rotation on the line, the Red Sox right-hander instead imploded against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, done in by his nemesis — the long ball.

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

Say goodbye to Clay Buchholz?

Taking the mound with his spot in the starting rotation on the line, the Red Sox right-hander instead imploded against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, done in by his nemesis — the long ball.

Buchholz allowed three two-run homers in five-plus innings. His final line, not surprisingly, was ugly: 5 IP, 7 hits, 6 runs, all earned. He walked none, struck out two, and saw his ERA climb to 6.35.

With Eduardo Rodriguez nearing a return, Buchholz is easily the odd man out of the rotation based on performance. His only hope was to pitch well and delay E-Rod’s return. Now, barring any physical setbacks for the young left-hander, there’s no point in saving the veteran’s spot.

Buchholz’s night actually started in encouraging fashion. He retired the first nine batters he faced before Charlie Blackmon led off the fourth with a single. And then things got hairy. With two outs, Carlos Gonzalez blasted a game-tying two-run homer to right.

The fifth brought more of the same. Gerardo Parra led off with a single and Trevor Story launched his 13th homer to center to make it 4-2.

Daniel Descalso followed with a single before scoring on the first homer of Dustin Garneau’s career. In the span of four batters, Buchholz allowed two singles and two homers while boos rained down from the very restless fans in attendance.

Manager John Farrell visited the mound with Heath Hembree warming, but not only let Buchholz finish the inning, he sent him back out for the sixth. When Gonzalez led off with an infield single, that was it for Buchholz, who left to a cascade of boos.

Was it his final start for the Red Sox for a while? We’ll find out soon enough, but at this point, there’s no point in arguing he deserves a spot in the rotation.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Jackie Bradley just missed a home run that would’ve extended his hitting streak to 30 games leading off the game and then did so again two at-bats later, halting his hitting streak at 29 games.

Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

Jackie Bradley just missed a home run that would’ve extended his hitting streak to 30 games leading off the game, but Xander Bogaerts kept his own run alive two batters later.

Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a sharp single to left field off of Colorado Rockies starter Jon Gray. He then came around to score on David Ortiz’s two-run homer into the bullpen.

While all eyes are on Bradley, who’s attempting to become the first Red Sox hitter since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997 to record a hit in 30 straight games, Bogaerts has quietly compiled an impressive streak of his own.

His 19-gamer is the second-longest in the game behind Bradley. The hit raised Bogaerts’ AL-leading average to .353.

Bradley nearly extended his streak leading off the game in place of Mookie Betts, who got a night off. He ripped a Gray offering to deep right, but it fell just short of the fence in right field.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

As we noted today, Clay Buchholz faces a do-or-die start on Thursday against the Rockies. If he pitches well, he likely keeps his spot in the rotation for at least another start.