Regardless of what's happening around him, Adrian Gonzalez typically is as even-tempered as a monk. But after the former San Diego Padres slugger struck out to leave the bases loaded in the seventh inning, he stood at home plate and punched his bat to the dirt.

It's been that kind of week.

Riding high from a 6-1 road trip through the Midwest, the Red Sox [team stats] dropped back-to-back games against the rebuilding Oakland Athletics, including a 4-2 defeat in the series finale last night at Fenway Park.