The Padres had a lead tonight! For half an inning. Wil Myers hit a two-out single in the first and scored on a double from Yangervis Solarte. It only went downhill from there, as Jarred Cosart gave up three runs in under four innings (he left with an injury), while the bullpen allowed four more to score. The offense continued to be ineffective, picking up just seven hits while going walkless again.
The brief lead evaporated on the first of three Boston homers. Travis Shaw went deep to right field on the first pitch he saw for two runs. Cosart led a small rally to take one of those runs back in the third, but a tie was the best the team could manage on back-to-back singles to start the inning. A bunt and a sacrifice fly knotted things at two.
With one out in the fourth, Myers botched a throw to first, pulling Cosart off the bag and allowing Jackie Bradley, Jr. to reach safely. Oh, and it injured Cosart, just to make things worse.
Carlos Villanueva immediately gave up back-to-back singles to score Bradley, and then gave up two more runs on a double from Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox got two more runs in the eighth and ninth off solo shots, but the damage was already done.
Not that Boston manager John Farrell cared. Just to add insult to injury, he changed pitcher while up five runs with two outs in the ninth. Brad Ziegler had only thrown thirteen pitches, but Farrell desperately needed to put Craig Kimbrel on the mound, for reasons passing understanding.
Thankfully, the Massholes leave town tonight. Clayton Richard starts a four game series against the Rockies at 7:10 PM tomorrow.