Red Sox comeback thwarted by Rockies in 7-6 loss; key takeaways

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The Boston Red Sox lost their 2nd straight game against the Colorado Rockies in extra innings on Tuesday night.

On Monday night, they lost after costly errors in the 10th and after a rain delay as the Rockies have already won the season series.

The Sox are now 1-10 at home against National League opponents this season and if they lose on Wednesday then it would be their third sweep by an NL opponent. This is their third straight day in extra innings, which is the first time that the Sox have achieved this since May 10-12, 1996 when they went 1-2 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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The last time the Sox had gone three games in a row in extras was on June 25-28, 2000 when they got swept by the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. 

A couple key defensive changes for the Sox were that Kiké Hernández was on the bench in this game with Pablo Reyes at shortstop and Tristan Casas was the designated hitter and Turner played at first base. These defensive changes were implemented because both Hernandez and Casas struggled on the field on Monday’s game which cost the game.

However, Casas did have an error charged on him in the 9th but it wasn’t as bad because it didn’t cause a run to score.

"“It’s the throwing, man, He has good mechanics. We’ve been surprised,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora told the Boston Globe.  “He’s been surprised. It’s not for a lack of work, but I talked to him a little bit. There are a few plays, especially to his right, when he gets it on time and he slows down and he throws it away. He’s always to his right.”"

Kutter Crawford was on the bump for the Sox where he pitched four innings allowed 4 earned runs, 5 hits, 3 walks and struck out five batters before being relieved by Joe Jacques, who had a chaotic debut in Monday’s game.

Red Sox could not capitalize on chances while trying to come back

In the 4th inning, the Sox were down 4-0 based off a bases clearing double from catcher Elias Diaz and an RBI double from center fielder Brenton Doyle.

The Sox were able to tie it up after a 2-run homer from Devers and an RBI single from Turner that brought Reyes but Verdugo was thrown out at home in the 5th. Then in the 6th, Duvall scored on a sacrifice fly from Christian Arroyo, who has been playing lights out at the plate in this series so far which includes a homer in Monday’s game.

In the 7th inning, after Turner reached 2nd on a fielder’s choice when Reyes was thrown out at home, Devers was intentionally walked and the bases were loaded. However, Duvall grounded out before any damage could be done.

In the 8th inning, Duran pinch ran for Casas after he walked, then Duran stole second and third as he showed impressive base running skills at the designated hitter position. While Duran was 90 feet from home plate, McGwire and Reyes both were the final two outs of the inning.

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That came to a head in the 10th when pitcher Justin Garza allowed the Rockies to score three times to make it 7-4. The Sox had yet another chance to comeback, and Devers did his bit with his 2nd homer of the game which also brought home Turner who was the automatic runner. After Duran walked in his only plate appearance of the game Arroyo flied out in a long ball to center field and McGwire struck out.

In total, the Sox were 1-9 with RISP, and 8 runners were stranded, however in attest in their recent lack of run this was the most runs that the Sox has scored since June 3 in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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The Red Sox will try to avoid a sweep on Wednesday against the Rockies when they start at 7:10 with Garrett Whitlock starting on the mound against lefty Austin Gomber for the Rockies.