The Red Sox needed two things from John Lackey last night: many innings and many quality innings.

Lackey delivered the quantity but not the quality, and the Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-3.

The Sox' mounting frustration showed both on the field in the second loss in as many nights at Rogers Centre and in the clubhouse as they packed up for the trip to New York for a weekend series against the Yankees that opens up tomorrow night.

Few teams could use today's day off as much as the 17-20 Red Sox.

Lackey, who allowed eight runs in his previous start, allowed all nine runs this time around, with five coming in the seventh inning. The Blue Jays led 4-3 entering the home half of the seventh, and Lackey allowed the final runs on three walks and two hits, the last one a two-run double that John McDonald rifled just over leaping third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

The frustrated double-arm flap Lackey showed on the field was reflected after the game, when he sounded upset, confused and overwhelmed by how things have unfolded.

"I don't know what happened tonight — I threw the ball way better than I did my last start," Lackey (2-5, 8.01 ERA) said. "I'll keep working hard. It's got to turn some time. Everything in my life (stinks) right now, to be honest with you."

Lackey did not elaborate.

Before the seventh, Lackey had been OK in limiting the damage to four runs. The Blue Jays scored twice in each of the third and fourth innings.