CHICAGO -- Add another to the list of things that have happened to the Red Sox this season that did not happen in 2013: losing a regular-season game on a walk-off error.
Rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts cleanly fielded a ground ball by Marcus Siemens with two outs in the ninth, but bounced his throw past first baseman Mike Carp, who had just entered the game for an injured Mike Napoli. Instead of the game heading into extra innings, Alexei Ramirez came home with the winning run, and the White Sox beat the Red Sox 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox have lost four of five games to fall to 5-9, leaving them in last place in the AL East. The game-deciding error came on a night that the Red Sox were held to a season-low three hits, one of the hits a home run by Daniel Nava that accounted for Boston’s only run.
“I don’t know if he rushed it,’’ manager John Farrell said of Bogaerts' throw. “I don’t know if he got a full grip on it, either. Typically he has plenty of arm strength to make that throw, but he comes up a little short and we can’t pick it.’’
Bogaerts, who struck out three times in an 0-for-4 night, took responsibility for the error.
“Yeah, cold weather,’’ he said, “but it’s a ball I should have thrown right into the chest for him.’’
Bogaerts remained kneeling on the field for a few moments after his throw went awry, but he said he would try to turn the moment into a positive.
“You can use it two ways,’’ he said. “I could be down and keep going down from there, or I could use it as a turning point, something to move on, turn my season around from that play.’’
Bogaerts has yet to drive in a run this season. He is 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position; on Tuesday, he struck out with runners on the corners to end the third inning.
He had four hits in the Yankees series, and even after his hitless game Tuesday, he is batting .260. Of his 13 hits, only two have been extra-base hits, both doubles.
“It’s just one swing away,’’ Bogaerts said. “Leaving New York I was feeling good. I’m not feeling good right now, but I know I’ll turn it around.’’