The Red Sox have dropped their fourth straight game, falling to 29-32 on the season and 1-7 over their last eight games as their struggles at the plate continued against Josh Johnson and the Marlins.
In the first inning Josh Johnson actually looked vulnerable, giving up a single and a walk and falling behind Adrian Gonzalez 3-0--it seemed like runs were imminent. Instead, Johnson battled back to strike Gonzalez out, and then got a pair of fly balls to end the frame without any damage.
Josh Beckett was not so lucky.
Allowing a line drive to Jose Reyes that rolled all the way to the wall for a triple to start the bottom half of the first, Beckett would have a bad situation made worse by a pair of bloop singles surrounding a rocket from Logan Morrison to the top of the wall, turning what may have just been the one run into three. A leadoff single would result in a fourth run in the second.
From there, however, Beckett was nigh untouchable. Starting with the last out in the second and ending after the first out in the seventh, fourteen straight Miami batters came to the plate against Josh Beckett and were retired without reaching base. Only a John Buck walk cost him his streak, and a strikeout and ground ball got him out of the seventh without Buck advancing past first.
Unfortunately, Josh Johnson wasn't much worse. The only real rally for the Sox came in the sixth, when Scott Podsednik and Dustin Pedroia once again reached base--this time with one out--and Adrian Gonzalez brought the one run home with a sacrifice fly. Unable to make a dent against the bullpen, the Sox fell once again.
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