Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"No-So-Pretty-Ricky" Takes First Loss As Red Sox Fall to Oakland, 6-5

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It was Rick Porcello's first loss of the season—but his second straight bad outing. The righty went six innings giving up five runs on nine hits and giving up two HRs. Boston's offense tried to bail him out, but even nine hits of their own fell short in the 6-5 loss. Rafael Devers (#7) and J.D. Martinez (#11) homered, but when Carson Smith ave up another Oakland HR in the eighth, it was too much to overcome. Mookie Betts went 2-5 —placing his MLB-leading average at .362, while Hanley Ramirez knocked in two runs (which briefly gave Boston a one-run lead). This is a dispiriting loss—which plunges Boston one-half game back of the idle Empire. With a supposed ace on the mound, at home, scoring five runs—you have to win. Bad loss, no biscuit.