By Sean McAdam
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BOSTON -- Once again, the Red Sox and San Diego Padres were tied after six innings.
Unlike the series opener Monday night, however, this time it was the Padres who figured out a way to come up with a late-inning win.
San Diego scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded fielder's choice while the Red Sox continued a game-long pattern of wasting scoring opportunities and were left with a 5-4 defeat.
The Sox stranded 11 baserunners, including seven in scoring position in losing for only the third time in the last 16 games.
Alfredo Aceves, taking over for the sick Josh Beckett, allowed five straight walks in the second, leading to two Padres runs.
Two more scored in the third on a run-scoring single from Cameron Maybin and an RBI-double from Nick Hundley.
The Sox chipped away against starter Mat Latos with three runs in the first four innings. Kevin Youkilis doubled home a run in the first while Jacoby Ellsbury singled home Josh Reddick in the third before Reddick doubled home a run in the fourth.
But the Sox managed just one run over the final five innings.
STAR OF THE GAME: The San Diego bullpen
Three pitchers -- Chad Qualls, Mike Adams and closer Heath Bell -- combined to provide 3 13 scoreless innings in relief of starter Mat Latos.
Bell nailed down his 19th save in 20 opportunities this season and has converted 12 in a row over the last six weeks.
HONORABLE MENTION: Nick Hundley
Hundley was 2-for-3 with a single, double, walk and an RBI, but one of his biggest contributions came in the sixth when he gunned down Jacoby Ellsbury attempting to steal second, which would have given the Sox two runners in scoring position with the 2-3-4 hitters due up.
GOAT OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz was 0-for-5 and ended two of the first three Boston innings. He stranded three runners in his first two at-bats, forced a runner at second in the fifth, grounded out to lead off the seventh and hit into a double play in the ninth after Kevin Youkilis put the
potential tying run on base with a leadoff single.
TURNING POINT: After a one-out walk by J.D. Drew and a single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Red Sox had the potential tying run at second and go-ahead run at first in the seventh but couldn't produced a hit and stranded both baserunners.
BY THE NUMBERS: Despite having the best record in the American League, the Red Sox are just 9-8 in one-run games this season.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "He lost his command. Normally, (after) a hitter or two, you reel it back in, but he just didn't find it for a while...He just lost the plate. And it hurt.''
-- Terry Francona on Alfredo Aceves walking five straight hitters in the second inning.