BOSTON -- It was a ready-made excuse for Archie Bradley, but the D-backs right-hander was not about to use it as he showed accountability in taking the heat for Arizona's 6-3 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park.Bradley had a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom
BOSTON -- It was a ready-made excuse for Archie Bradley, but the D-backs right-hander was not about to use it as he showed accountability in taking the heat for Arizona's 6-3 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Bradley had a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning before the trouble began.
Sandy Leon led off with a drive down the right-field line that hooked around Pesky Pole for a home run.
"Tried to make a pitch inside to Leon, maybe I did it, but he hit out of the park," Bradley said.
The next batter, Brock Holt, lifted a fly ball to shallow right. Second baseman Jean Segura back-pedaled while right fielder Sócrates Brito ran in.
Brito called Segura off, but he appeared to flinch at the second when he got close to Segura, and the ball fell in for a two-base error on Brito.
Two unearned runs would come in during the inning as the Red Sox took a 4-3 lead.
"I called him off, and when I was coming in, I was looking at the ball, and when I stopped, I looked at Segura a little bit. And when I tried to see the ball again, it was there already," Brito said. "It's my fault. I called him off, and I just missed the ball. That's it."
It was the second time in as many days the defense let a starting pitcher down. Friday night, it was a pair of first-inning errors that led to four unearned runs.
"That's part of the game, and you've got to make plays," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "If you don't make plays in this league, you're going to get in trouble."
Bradley, though, was not going to blame Brito for the runs that wound up scoring.
"The error is not an issue," Bradley said. "It's still our job to go get guys out."
Hale sent Bradley (4-8) back out for the sixth inning, and after a one-out walk to Leon, Bradley gave up a two-run homer to Holt.
"I just threw balls over the plate, and they hit them," Bradley said. "Holt, I just threw it right down the middle, and he's a good hitter. He was an All-Star last year, so he hit it out of the park. You think eventually I'd figure it out, but I just keep putting myself in the same problems. So I did a good job for the most part, but I just have to find a way to put a complete outing together. I haven't been able to do that in a while, so just have to keep working and find a way how."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.