CLEVELAND – After popping out, David Ortiz lingered at home plate and stared into the distance as if in disbelief.

Yep, Big Papi, it’s true. The built-to-win Red Sox still haven’t won.

One of baseball’s big spenders, the Red Sox dropped their fifth straight to open the season Wednesday night with an 8-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians, who got four RBI from Asdrubal Cabrera, a two-run homer from Shin-Soo Choo and took advantage of Boston’s blunder-filled sixth inning.

“This game will humble you in a hurry and it’s doing that to us now,” said Manager Terry Francona. “We’ve got to start acting like a good team. We’ve got to find a way to win a game.”

Boston hasn’t started this poorly since 1996, and after finishing this series today, head home to face the New York Yankees on Friday and what could be angry fans.

“This team is a lot better than this,” said catcher Jason Varitek, “and it will be better.”

Reliever Rafael Perez (1-0) worked 11/3 perfect innings for the Indians.

The Red Sox are batting just .190 and have a team ERA of 8.33.