Jarrod Saltalamacchia congratulates Boston teammate Jonny Gomes, left, after the latter’s solo home run in the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory over the Orioles in Baltimore. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Baltimore Orioles veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia began a disconcerting trend after his second start of the season in May.

One rough outing; one quality start. And back again and again.

Unfortunately for the Orioles, Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox before an announced 42,422 at Camden Yards was time for the down arrow of Garcia’s elevator season.

Coming off a quality start Monday against the Los Angeles Angels, the 36-year-old right-hander didn’t get through the sixth Saturday afternoon while serving up five runs on eight hits, including two homers.

“Frustrating having a good one and bad one,” Garcia said. “Of course, I want to be consistent. And I’m not.”

The Orioles made it close in the ninth with a two-run homer from Matt Wieters, but the rally fell short when pinch runner Alexi Casilla made a base-running gaffe to end the game.

The loss drops the Orioles (39-30) to 21 / 2 games behind the American League East-leading Red Sox (42-28). It was just the second time in six meetings this season that the Red Sox beat the Orioles, who have won 13 of the past 18 in the rivalry.

Garcia (3-4) has made nine starts for the Orioles since being recalled from Class AAA Norfolk on May 4, and he has four quality starts (six innings or more; three runs or fewer). Yet he’s never been able to string two of them together in a Baltimore uniform.

The last time he had consecutive quality starts was Aug. 10 and Aug. 15, 2012, when he was with the New York Yankees.

— Baltimore Sun