Rick Porcello pitched six strong innings, Travis Shaw homered and drove in five runs for the third time this season and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak.
Porcello (9-2) retired the last nine batters he faced after giving up a bases-loaded walk to Nick Franklin in the fourth. That was the only run the right-hander allowed while also yielding five hits.
Shaw had a solo homer, a two-run double and a two-run single for the Red Sox, who broke a close game open with a three-run seventh. David Ortiz continued to climb the career RBI list with a third-inning double, and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez also drove in runs for Boston.
Ortiz’s hit gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead against Chris Archer (4-11), who’s gone from being an All-Star a year ago to leading the major leagues in losses this season. One night after moving ahead of Reggie Jackson for sole possession of 24th on the career RBI list, the slugger pulled even with another Hall of Famer, Frank Thomas, for 23rd with 1,704.
Light-hitting Tampa Bay snapped an 11-game losing streak on Monday night, pounding out a season-high 18 hits in a 13-7 win that saddled Boston with its sixth loss in eight games.
The offensive outburst didn’t spill over to Tuesday.
The Rays loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, but only scored once – with Porcello’s third walk of the inning forcing in the run. The Boston right-hander, who had not walked more than two batters in any of his previous 19 starts, wiggled off the hook by getting Logan Forsythe to fly to right field and fanning Hank Conger and Brad Miller.
Porcello and reliever Junichi Tazawa didn’t allow another baserunner until Miller’s solo homer trimmed Tampa Bay’s deficit to 6-2 with two outs in the seventh.
Archer, who allowed four runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, fell to 1-8 lifetime against the Red Sox, who’ve won eight straight decisions against the right-hander.
NOTES: OF Corey Dickerson (sore left thumb) missed his third straight but was available to pinch hit. … Right-hander Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to throw a batting practice session Thursday. … Rays closer Alex Colome was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right medial biceps tendinitis. The move was retroactive to June 19, so the right-hander is eligible to come off the DL on Monday. “We’re not too concerned,” said manager Kevin Cash, who plans to mix-and-match late in games with Colome sidelined. They purchased the contract of LHP Dana Eveland from Triple-A Durham to fill Colome’s roster spot. … A group of Rays players put items they used during an 11-game losing streak into a “BURN BOX’ ” in the clubhouse before Monday’s victory over Boston. Items included shoes, batting gloves, a jock strap and one of Dickerson’s bats.
Who: Boston (42-35) at Tampa Bay (32-44)
When: Wednesday, 12:10 p.m.
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Probable pitchers: David Price (8-4, 4.68) vs. Matt Moore (3-5, 5.04)
Radio: 620 AM
Tickets: 1-888-FAN-RAYS or at stadium ticket office
Promotion: Cheer sticks to all kids 14-under