It was nice while it lasted.
The Red Sox were .500 for 48 blissful hours, give or take. Now they've been knocked right back down below, and what's worse, they've been badly bruised in the process.
It would have been one thing if the Red Sox had fought valiantly against Yu Darvish and simply come up short.. That will happen to the best of teams given how overpowering Darvish can be. If the lineup made him work, Clay Buchholz had pitched well, and they had maybe lost 3-0 or 4-0, that wouldn't have been so bad.
Instead, they were mere inches away from being no-hit. Clay Buchholz was knocked around the park. The Rangers ran rampant in an 8-0 beatdown, blowout, demolition--whatever you want to call it. The Red Sox were barely even participants.
Clay Buchholz put them behind from the get go, surrendering two hits and a run in the first inning. Another two runs came in the third, and while the Rangers didn't really blow it open until a five-run fifth (three more coming off Buchholz, two off of Chris Capuano, who has fallen completely to pieces over the past week), it was only because they ran themselves out of the fourth. Buchholz was once again a disaster, and any hope that his last start might have given him a foundation to build off of look laughable in retrospect.
What else is there to say? The Red Sox just got stomped. Ortiz got the one hit--a ground ball through the shift with, sure enough, two outs in the ninth--as the rest of the lineup struck out twelve times. Somehow, they even managed to go 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in a near no-hitter, courtesy of a pair of walks and a blunder by Rougned Odor on a pop-up (attributed to Alex Rios because errors in the outfield are just a mess of a statistic) from Ortiz. It's honestly a miracle they didn't find some way to squeeze a double play in there just for kicks.
If there's a silver lining, it's that the Red Sox got to pitch their worst against the Rangers' best. If this game was perhaps the worst of the year--and there is some very real competition for that title--then at least they're left with two very winnable matchups to close out the series.