It's early yet, but the Red Sox may have bottomed out Thursday.
The Sox were pummeled by the Tampa Bay Rays 17-8, giving the the visitors a four-game sweep of the series, during which they outscored the Sox 42-22.
Kyle Hart, making his major league debut, was shelled for five runs in just two-plus innings, but there were plenty of other culprits, including Marcus Walden who gave up six runs without retiring a hitter and Rafael Devers, who committed three errors.
Tampa Bay hit four homers.Thursday and seven in the last two days.
This is the Red Sox' third four-game losing streak of the season.
WHO: Red Sox (6-12) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (10-8)
WHEN: 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SERIES TO DATE: Tampa Bay 3-0|
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: Tampa Bay 4-1
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Kyle Hart (debut) vs. RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 5.56)
TV/RADIO: NESN/WEEI 93.7 FM
7:18 This is the second four-hit game of the series for Manuel Margot, who's got 10 hits in three starts.
7:12 Third error of the day for Devers -- all on throws. He's got eight on the season.
6:45 Marcus Walden has faced four hitters: homer, walk, triple, single. Three more runs in. The beat(ing) goes on.
6:39 Second homer of the game for Renfroe, third for the Rays today. They've hit seven in the last two games and eight for the series.
6:12 Meanwhile, the defense has been abysmal. Again. Throwing error by Devers on what was a tailor made double play ball results in three unearned runs scored. Sox have allowed five unearned runs today alone.s
6:10 The streak lives -- the Sox have now allowed at least eight runs in the last four games.
5:55 Today's inspirational Jonathan Arauz Moment: A line double to right, scoring J.D. Martinez from second. Two more hits today gives him
5:39 That's all for Hart, who didn't help himself (three walks, a balk, two gopher balls ahead in count), but also, wasn't helped by his defense. Phillips Valdez on.
5:29 More trouble: a 1-and-2 four-seamer, dead red, and Brandon Lowe hits it over the home bullpen.
5:27 Hart was ahead of Hunter Renfroe 0-and-2, but left a cutter up and away which Renfroe drove into the bullpen.
5:23 Hart not helping himself with control issues. He's walked three of 12 batters he's faced, twice to the leadoff man in an inning.
4:55 What a surprise Kevin Plawecki has been at this plate so far. Big, two-out, two-run double to put the Red Sox ahead. He's had at least one hit now in all five of his starts and has knocked in five runs in limited playing time.
4:49 Very quickly, the Red Sox cut into the lead -- leadoff oppo double by Alex Verdugo and a ball through the shortstop hole by Rafael Devers.
4:43 Following back-to-back strikeouts, Hart was an out away from limiting the damage to a single run. But on a soft liner to right by Willy Adames, Kevin Pillar got a late break coming on the ball and it dropped in for another run-scoring single.
4:36 Three batters in, Kyle Hart is trailing by a run. A four-pitch walk, an error by Jonathan Arauz on a slow roller and a ground single shot through the right side has produced the first Rays run.