Monday night's game got off to an encouraging start, as Daniel Nava opened with a double off the A's Jarrod Parker, and Dustin Pedroia singled him in. 1-0.
But David Ortiz banged into a double play, and the night went downhill from there.
Daisuke Matsuzaka had absolutely nothing, as he gave up a home run in the bottom of the first to Josh Reddick, which was his 19th homer of 2012. (How on earth does Reddick have 19 dingers playing in that airport?)
And it got worse in the second, as Dice-K allowed a three-run shot to another former Red Sox player, Brandon Moss. Matsuzaka put two more on with a single and four-pitch walk, and Bobby Valentine pulled the plug on his night. (Turns out Dice-K was having neck problems again, and might be heading for the DL.)
The Sox basically sleepwalked through the rest of the game in losing 6-1. They could do nothing against Parker. Clayton Mortensen pitched well in relief for the Sox, going five innings and allowing just the last run.
Jon Lester pitches tonight for the Red Sox. Everyone in the AL East but Tampa Bay lost, so the Red Sox stay in third place, tied with the Rays 6 1/2 games back.