Lack of timely hitting, bad base-running and poor starting pitching make for a really bad baseball stew. The Red Sox were swimming in that goopy mix last night in a depressing 5-2 loss to Baltimore. Not only did the loss sink Boston even further into the AL East cellar, it reminded us of the fundamental weaknesses on this team—despite a recent good spate of decent pitching and productive hitting. Exhibit A last night was Rick Porcello. Every time the Red Sox inched closer to the O's, Porcello gave back more runs. It was a Sisyphean epic for the ages—one step forward, two steps back. Xander Bogaertsdid extend his hitting streak to six games—but he was also gunned down by Adam Jones trying to stretch a hit into a double. Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt each had two hits, but this one was lost on the mound.