However bad it's been for the Red Sox this season, they could also boast that they hadn't been shutout.
That distinction is now gone, too.
The New York Yankees pasted the Sox 8-0 for their 10th straight win overall and ninth in nine tries against the Red Sox this season. With a win Sunday in the series finale for the two clubs, the Yankees can sweep the season series from the Red Sox for the first time.
The Yankees got all the runs they needed in the top of the first, with two off starter Chris Mazza. Clint Frazier had three hits and knocked in three runs. The Yanks also added two unearned runs.
Boston managed just five hits all night, three of them singles.
WHO: Red Sox (19-33) vs. New York Yankees (30-21)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SEASON SERIES: NY 8-0
SERIES TO DATE: NY 1-0
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Chris Mazza (1-1, 5.57) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (1-2, 3.96)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM
B8th: Poor baserunning by Bobby Dalbec. With no outs and down by seven, he tried to advance from second to third on a ball hit right in front of him, to SS. Called out initially, overturned by replay challenge. Should have been out on principle.
T7th: Strong outing from Domingo Tapia, who is not, as they say, a comfortable at-bat. And when he commands his stuff, he can be almost impossible to hit.
B5th: On Friday night, the Red Sox had a bunch of baserunners and opportunities; they just couldn't produce a hit when necessary (3-for-22 with RISP). Tonight, they can't get runners on base - just two through the first five innings.
T5th: Dylan Covey leaves a sinker up to Clint Frazier and pays dearly for it as Frazier hits out the other way, into the bullpen, for a two-run homer.
T5th: Michael Chavis falls prey to the infamous ''garage door'' in left as a liner by Luke Voit into the left field corner hits the frame and kicks away from him, allowing Brett Gardner to score all the way from first base,
T5th: That's it for Chris Mazza, who goes four innings and allows four runs -- two unearned. For the second time against the Yankees, had some tough luck and didn't get plays made behind him.
T4th: Errors on consecutive plays by Xander Bogaerts - the first, a flub on a relatively routine grounder; the second, a wild throw to first -- and the Yankees have doubled their lead here to 4-0.
T3rd: Brett Gardner seemed determined to make an out on the bases in that inning. He was initially called out trying to stretch a single into a hustle double, but replay overturned. Then, on the very next pitch, Gardner tried to advance from second to third on a flyout to right....and was out there.
B2nd: Dalbec just gets underneath one, hammering a ball to deep center to the warning track.
T2nd: Kevin Plawecki hasn't had a lot of success throwing out baserunners this season (had been just 2-for-13), but he cuts down Tyler Wade trying to take second.
T1st: Inexperience at first plays a role for Bobby Dalbec, who cut a strong throw to the plate from Cesar Puello. Looked to be a close play at the plate as D.J. LeMahieu tagged from third, but Dalbec didn't let the ball get through to the plate.