Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Rick Porcello Delivers A Rare Gem, Red Sox Power Up, Beat Athletics, 5-1

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The Red Sox won a series last night for just the second time this season with a convincing 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. The principal reason for the victory was a stellar starting pitching performance by Rick Porcello—by far the best of the year so far. 'Once-Again-Pretty-Ricky' went eight shutout innings—yielding just two hits and striking out eight. The offense came early, with Mookie Betts launching his sixth home run in the first inning. Later, Mitch Moreland (battling an 0-15 slump) powered his eighth home run to expand Boston's lead. Michael Chavis got two more hits—and is now hitting .313. But with Porcello on the hill, the offense didn't need to do much more—although Tyler Thornburg did his obligatory gag-job to give one run to the A's. The win pulled Boston to a 13-17 record—7 games behind first-place Tampa.