Barnes walked a batter and struck out two over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays. Barnes inherited a couple of baserunners with one out in the seventh inning and immediately walked a batter before escaping the bases-loaded threat. He continues to be used primarily as a fireman, entering high-leverage situations in the seventh or eighth inning. He has not been called upon to save a game since blowing a save June 26. Red Sox manager Alex Cora is getting by with Brandon Workman as a temporary closer until Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) is ready to be activated.
Barnes (3-3) took the loss by allowing two runs on three hits in a third of an inning to the White Sox on Wednesday. Barnes blew his second straight save opportunity when Jose Abreu took a poorly located 97 mph fastball over the Green Monster in left for a two-run home run. The back end of the bullpen is turning into Boston's biggest vulnerability. They've blown 16 save chances, six by Barnes. The outing highlighted an alarming trend for Barnes, who pitched for a second straight day. When pitching on zero days rest, Barnes has a 10.39 ERA. He has a 2.13 ERA in all other outings.
Barnes (3-2) was charged with a blown save and took the loss after surrendering three runs on two hits and two walks Saturday versus the Blue Jays. He had two strikeouts over two-thirds of an inning. Barnes started the eighth inning with a 6-5 lead but was removed with the bases loaded after giving up one run on two singles, two walks and a pair of wild pitches. Two of his runners then came around to score. The 29-year-old now has five blown saves in nine chances and has earned only one save in his last 20 appearances while the Red Sox continue to utilize a committee for the ninth-inning role.
Barnes gave up two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one through 0.2 innings of relief work against the Rangers on Monday. Barnes entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead , but quickly surrendered the lead to record his fourth blown save. The 28-year-old only has one save in the last month and is firmly entrenched in a committee. Barnes has four saves and a 3.76 ERA through 26.1 innings this season.
Barnes allowed one earned run on two hits while striking out two in the ninth inning to record the save Thursday against the Royals. Barnes entered the game with a three-run lead in the final frame, though he ultimately allowed the tying to run to come to the plate. After getting Adalberto Mondesi to ground out to begin the inning, Barnes surrendered a single and double to consecutive batters, accounting for his earned run. However, he quickly recovered to strike out the final two batters he faced to earn his fourth save of the season. Barnes, who recorded his first save since May 7, has been used mostly as the team's high-leverage reliever, meaning he's seen limited save chances despite racking up 44 strikeouts across 24.2 innings to supplement his 3.28 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.