BALTIMORE -- Well, it took nearly four months and 95 games to realize it, but it turns out Adrian Gonzalez is not slump-proof after all.
The Red Sox first baseman, who capped off a scintillating first half with a remarkable show of power in the desert, finishing runner-up in the Home Run Derby and hitting another blast off Cliff Lee the next night in the All-Star Game in Arizona, didn't get the ball out of the infield in four at-bats Tuesday, whiffing twice and hitting into a double play, in Boston's 5-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
Gonzalez is now 2-for-24 since the resumption of play, and the majors' leading RBI man has knocked in just one run in the first five games since the break. Closing in on him: old friend Adrian Beltre, who had 72 RBIs prior to the Rangers' game Tuesday night with the Angels.
Gonzalez was hardly alone in going out quietly on another sweltering night in Baltimore. A night after the Sox scored 15 runs, their only offense came from Josh Reddick (three hits) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a two-run shot in the fifth that cut an early 3-0 deficit to a run. Saltalamacchia did not have a home run before May 15. He now has eight.
The loss went to rookie Kyle Weiland, who made a good accounting of himself in his second big-league start, allowing three runs on five hits in the first three innings, then just one hit thereafter before leaving after six.
Jeremy Guthrie went seven innings before giving the ball to Jim Johnson, who set down the last six Sox batters in order and recorded the save in the absence of regular closer Kevin Gregg, who like David Ortiz was serving the second game of a three-game suspension.
The Sox had won three straight and 12 of their first 14 games in July.
Carl Crawford, playing in his second game since coming off a month-long term on the disabled list, went 0-for-4 and like Gonzalez did not get the ball out of the infield.