Steven Wright didn’t have it Tuesday as he allowed eight runs in taking a no-decision. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)
Even though the Red Sox offense showed plenty of fight coming back from four and three-run deficits in the game, it still wasn’t enough to beat the Tigers.
Detroit scored a run in the seventh inning off left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. to break a 8-8 tie and it was able to hold on for a 9-8 win over the Red Sox Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Ross was able to record the first two outs of the seventh inning with no issues, but allowed a hit-by-pitch, a single and back-to-back walks to walk in the eventual game-winning run.
The Red Sox had the tying run on the ninth, but Ortiz hit into a game-ending double play.
The seventh inning wasted a valiant comeback effort by the Red Sox, which included two home runs. They now have 31 since July 4, which leads the majors in that span.
Trailing 8-5 going into the sixth, the Red Sox scored three times in the inning to tie the game at eight. Jackie Bradley Jr. got the scoring going with a solo homer to lead the inning off, then later Dustin Pedroia had an RBI single and Xander Bogaerts beat out a potential double-play ball to plate the tying run.
It was the worst start of the year for knuckleballer Steven Wright, but because of the Red Sox offense took a no-decision. He allowed eight runs on nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings of work, while walking three and striking out two. His eight earned runs were a career-high.
The most frustrating thing for Wright was the Red Sox had rallied to take a 5-4 lead after the fourth inning, but Wright walked two batters to open the fifth and would go on to allow four runs in the frame.
Trailing 4-0 after two innings, the Red Sox rallied with three in the third courtesy of David Ortiz’s 25th home run of the season and then scored two more in the fourth to grab a 5-4 lead at the time.
Ross Jr. has stranded his last 10 inherited runners.
Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Wright just didn’t have it. The knuckleballer saw his ERA climb from a league-leading 2.67 to 3.12. He may have been kept in a batter too late too, as Ross Jr. was warming when he allowed a two-out, two-run single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. His ERA over his last six starts is 6.29.
— Ross was looking good after retiring the first two batters of the seventh, but couldn’t get out of the inning. After allowing the go-ahead run to score he was replaced by Joe Kelly, who needed just one pitch to get out of the inning.
— The reigning American League Player of the Week Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— After returning from his knee injury going 0-for-6 in his first six at-bats, Mookie Betts has seemed to get back into the flow of things. He reached base in each of his next three at-bats, including two doubles and a walk before lining out in the eighth.
— With his homer, Ortiz became the ninth player in MLB history with at least 25 home runs at age 40 or older. He also has 61 extra-base hits, which are one shy of the record for a player who is at least 40 years old.
— Bradley Jr. reached base three times as besides the home run he singled and walked.