Final: Red Sox 4, Rays 1 (WP: Porcello [11-2], LP: Moore [5-6], SV: Uehara )
The Boston Red Sox continued their recent run of success, beating a struggling Rays team by a final score of 4-1. Rick Porcello put up another stellar outing, going 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 7 hits, striking out 5 and, once again, there was a big ole Zero next to the walk column en route to his 11th win of the year. Porcello has been a pleasant surprise this season, and with yesterday's victory he improves to an unbelievable 11-2 record and has really been an anchor on this otherwise pathetic pitching staff.
On the other hand, Rays starter and likely target for the Red Sox this deadline, Matt Moore pitched a decent game, allowing 4 runs (2 ER) through 6 innings, while striking out 4.
Today's ballgame had an almost "you've got to be kidding me?!" feel to it, as Rick Porcello promptly allowed a first inning home run to Rays shortstop, Brad Miller (14), giving the Rays a 1-0 lead before the fans found their seats. After that, Porcello was on his game, as his 2-seam/sinker combination was on from that point on. Porcello had great command and was able to make big pitch after big pitch while the Sox figured out Moore, who had dazzled the Sox a little over a week ago in a 4-0 win at the Trop.
In the fourth, All-Star Xander Bogaerts, belted his 10th home run of the season,a 2-run tater that put the Sox ahead for good. Dustin Pedroia added 2 more with a single in the fifth inning, capping off the 4-run effort and the eventual victory.
This game means a little bit more to the Sox, however. As they've finally won a game in which they're offense hasn't put up a monster night. Porcello pitched with grit and stones today and allowed the Sox to win a low-scoring affair.
Koji Uehara was able to fend off the Rays by earning a save (4) in the Sox first official game without Craig Kimbrel. It's nice to see Koji have a solid outing, especially on a day where the replacement for Kimbrel, Brad Ziegler, wouldn't be able to make an appearance.