Wednesday, September 5, 2018

'Late Lightning' Pearce Knocks In Three Runs, Red Sox Beat Bravos Again, 5-1

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Steve Pearce knocked in three runs and Rick Porcello at least wasn't totally ugly as the Red Sox took a second straight game from the Atlanta Braves, 5-1. The Boston first-baseman went 3-4 and raised his batting average to .294. Porcello lasted just five innings again—but yielded just one earned run on only two hits. The bullpen again shone brightly—delivering four scoreless innings (with just two hits) after Porcello's departure. Other offensive contributors for The Carmine Hose were: Xander Bogaerts (1-3, 2 BB, RBI) and Porcello himself (1-2, R). The win maintained Boston's lead in the American League East at 7.5 games—and reduced their Magic Number to clinch the division down to 15.