Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

As Porcello settles, Red Sox heat up

Boston’s Xander Bogaerts leaps to celebrate with on-deck batter David Ortiz after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Mariners at Fenway Park.

Associated Press

Boston’s Xander Bogaerts leaps to celebrate with on-deck batter David Ortiz after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Mariners at Fenway Park.

BOSTON — Rick Porcello wriggled out of a couple of early jams, and the Red Sox's deep lineup took over from there on Saturday.

Porcello pitched six solid innings, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley homered as Boston beat Seattle 6-2.

Porcello allowed singles to each of his first three batters but held the Mariners to just one run in the first on Nelson Cruz's double-play grounder. He retired three straight with runners on second and third in the fourth.

"The first inning and the third inning — back up against the wall and tested," Porcello said. "The double-play ball to Cruz, I needed it and wanted it there."

Porcello is 6-0 at home this year.

Making his major-league debut for Seattle, Adrian Sampson had a great start against the majors' highest-scoring team before Bradley's two-out drive in the fourth reached the second row of seats above the Green Monster, cutting Seattle's lead to 2-1.

Boston then chased the right-hander, scoring three in the fifth. Sampson allowed eight hits and walked one in 42/3 innings.

"Once I started throwing more strikes, they kind of realized I got to throw it over the plate somewhere," Sampson said. "So they got a little more aggressive and my misses were just a little off."

Bogaerts, who came in atop the American League in batting, also had a single, raising his average to .352.

Red Sox 6

Mariners 2

As Porcello settles, Red Sox heat up 06/18/16 [Last modified: Sunday, June 19, 2016 12:12am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated

    College

    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humilation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  2. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person

    College

    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry announced crowd of 24,325 at Raymond James Stadium.

    Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.
  3. Former Ray Tim Beckham's over being traded, or is he?

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — As the Rays reunited Thursday with Tim Beckham for the first time since he was dealt July 31 to Baltimore, it became very clear that not everything in assessing the trade is as it appears.

    Tim Beckham, here in action Monday against the Red Sox, has hit .310, with 10 homers and 26 RBIs since going to the Orioles.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Thursday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    The Rays still talk about having a shot to make the playoffs. But recognizing and correcting mistakes will help them next year, such as Mallex Smith trying to steal third in the first. "Those are the little things we've got to find how to eliminate real quick," manager Kevin Cash said.

  5. Bucs probe how to fix deep-ball chances missed vs. Bears

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It was only minutes after the Bucs had demolished the Bears 29-7 Sunday when quarterback Jameis Winston tried one final time to connect with receiver DeSean Jackson.

    QB Jameis Winston says he’s focused on the deep-ball chances to DeSean Jackson he missed in the opener: “We left a lot out there.”