The Boston Red Sox's run differential over past three games is worst in MLB since 1900

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The MLB All-Star break didn't seem to fix the Boston Red Sox's problems.

Boston lost by 23 runs to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in one of the biggest blowouts in MLB history. That's bad on its own, but the loss is even worse when grouped with the Red Sox's two previous losses to the New York Yankees where Boston lost by a combined 24 runs six days before the Blue Jays game.

The Red Sox's -47 run differential over that three-game stretch is the worst by any MLB team since 1900, according to ESPN, and the worst since the Louisville Colonels in 1894. Yes, it's been more than 120 years since a team lost by that many runs in just three games. It's also the fourth-worst run differential in MLB history.

Those weren't the only records broken Friday. The runs the Red Sox gave up against the Blue Jays were the most in franchise history (which is also another 120+ years). Toronto also became the first team since 1922 to score at least 25 runs in five innings, the first team since 1925 to have 10 players record at least two hits each and the first team to record four insane stats in one game: 28 runs on the road, hit an inside-the-park grand slam, hit for the home run cycle and have a player with at least six hits in nine innings.

The Red Sox are on quite the cold streak this month having won just five of their 18 games and only one of their past eight. The team sits fourth in the AL East with a 48-46 record that's only a slightly better record than the last-place Baltimore Orioles.

Let's give it up for the Blue Jays, though, who have won six of their past seven games, including four consecutive victories. They're also 5-1 since John Schneider took over for Charlie Montoyo on July 13 and 2.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Guardians for the third wild-card spot in the American League.

Memes galore

This game may have lacked competitiveness, but it didn't lack social media jokes.

Firstly, Barstool Sports decided to declare before the match even started that the Red Sox "might not lose a game again" after "Euphoria" actress Sydney Sweeny threw out the first pitch.

That prediction aged like milk.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who spent the first 20 years of his NFL career playing for the New England Patriots, even tried to manifest another Boston comeback after the Red Sox trailed 25-3 after five innings. He jokingly referenced the Patriots' legendary 28-3 comeback over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in 2017 and insinuated the Red Sox could do the same.

Nice try, Tom.

Blue Jays' left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. even somehow found the time to make himself a drink in the dugout during Toronto's 11-run fifth inning. He finished the game with six hits — which tied the franchise record for the most hits in one game — and drove in five of the Blue Jays' 25 runs.

Oddly enough, this game also featured a mid-game proposal despite the ridiculous deficit. And whoever runs the music at Fenway Park picked perhaps the best song for the situation.

The Red Sox play the Blue Jays again on Saturday. Considering how low the bar is for them after their past three games, it shouldn't be hard for Boston to at least keep pace with Toronto. It can't get any worse than it already has, right?

The Red Sox were historically bad in their past three games. (Photo by Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)
The Red Sox were historically bad in their past three games. (Photo by Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)