SAN DIEGO - For the second straight day, the Red Sox' offense has been essentially non-existent against a poor team, and for the second straight day, the Sox have missed golden opportunities to gain ground in the playoff race.
A win would have given the Sox a tie for first with the Toronto Blue Jays after they lost today, but with the loss, Boston still stands a game behind. They still lead the Wild Card chase though.
Before Chris Young hit a pinch-hit solo home run in the eighth, Boston had not scored in 16 straight frames after getting blanked by the A's Sunday.
Pomeranz pitches well - just one mistake hurt him
Drew Pomeranz pitched against the team he was traded from in this one, and he pitched well except for a longball from Adam Rosales.
He worked out of danger in the first three innings, as Travis Jankowski was caught stealing in the first following a bunt single. In the second, Oswaldo Arcia struck out with two runners on, keeping the Padres off the board.
In the third, Jankowski reached on another bunt single and stole second successfully this time. But in this inning, Wil Myers lined out to Dustin Pedroia to end the inning on a tremendous leaping play.
The trouble happened in the fourth, when Alex Dickerson singled with two outs. It led to Rosales, who just squeaked a two-run homer over the glove of Brock Holt in left for a 2-0 Padres lead. It would turn out to be the only runs they would need.
Pomeranz allowed two more baserunners in the next inning and two-thirds, and was taken out of the game in the sixth with two outs at 105 pitches.
Pomeranz's Line (L): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Jackson dazzles the Red Sox
Coming into the game with over a 6 ERA, Jackson looked like a prime chance for the Sox offense to go crazy like they did against Oakland.
Instead, Jackson struck out 11 Sox hitters over seven innings and kept them on their toes all afternoon long.
He only allowed one hit in the first three innings, a single by Hanley Ramirez, which was quickly erased by a Jackie Bradley Jr. double play. Jackson struck out the side in the third.
The biggest "jam" he got into was in the fourth when Holt singled and Xander Bogarts walked with one out. He got Betts to fly out and Ramirez to strike out. This was his 6th K through four.
JBJ singled in the fifth, but Jackson struck out the side in that frame also. After a 1-2-3 sixth for the Sox, they had one more chance against Jackson in the seventh when Betts walked and Ramirez singled again.
Bradley Jr. hit into his second double play, 4-6-3, and Yoan Moncada struck out for the third time.
Jackson's Line (W): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K
Sox nearly make comeback, but frustratingly fall short
The Sox bullpen held the Padres down after Pomeranz departed, and the offense licked its lips when Jackson left.
Brad Hand came in for the eighth and Young greeted him with a solo homer to left, his seventh of the year, in a pinch-hitting role to make it a 2-1 game.
Aaron Hill pinch-hit afterwards and he ripped a double to right over the right fielders head to put the Sox in business with no outs. Pedroia grounded out, Sandy Leon struck out and Bogaerts went looking to end the inning.
Leon's strikeout actually hit him in the foot, but since he swung, Hill wasn't allowed to score, even though the ball sailed to the backstop. It was a tough break for the Sox in a game they couldn't get much offense generated.
In the ninth, Ramirez singled with one out, but JBJ struck out and David Ortiz flied out to center in a pinch-hitting role to end the game. Ortiz got a rousing ovation from the Padres faithful (which was filled with tons of Sox fans).
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