The Red Sox had a very nice 6-2 win in bounce back fashion on Saturday afternoon. Porcello threw a decent game going 6 innings, and got more than enough run support from the recently quiet offense.
It was another sketchy start for Rick Porcello, who ended up going 6 innings with 8 hits and 2 runs against this tough Mariners lineup. As is tradition with this rotation, the Mariners would score early in the 1st inning after 3 straight singles to load the bases. Nelson Cruz grounded into a double play to give the Mariners their first run of the ballgame. An inning later Adam Lind homered to center to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.
Although it wasn't a great first couple of innings, Porcello left the game with the lead, and gave the Red Sox a good opportunity to win. He would give up 7 hits in just 3 innings of work, but did well to minimize the damage and only surrender 2 runs. A few times, the Mariners had multiple runners on base but Porcello got himself out of a jam with the double play ball.
The Sox offense made a much needed comeback for this game, scoring 6 runs. The offense had 11 hits through just 6 innings, and finished with 12 total hits. Bradley Jr got the offense started with a solo homer into the monster seats in the 4th inning. They then turned on the small ball offense in the 5th with 3 straight hits, the 3rd of which was a single from Betts to tie the game at 2.
Pedroia gave the Sox the lead after grounding into a double play, which scored Vazquez from third. Bogaerts then gave the Sox a 4-2 lead with his 9th homerun of the season. Much to the surprise of Red Sox fans, Christian Vazquez put an end to his slump with a double to left scoring Ramirez and giving the Sox their 5th run of the game. Hanley being Hanley blew right through a stop sign from Butterfield on an error throw by Cano to give Boston a 6-2 lead.
Other notable offensive performances include Travis Shaw, who extended his hit streak to 5 games. Christian Vazquez is slowly starting to break out of his slump, going 2-3 with an RBI. Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez all went 2-4.
As for the bullpen, Tazawa came in for Porcello in the 7th and gave up a few hits but they proved to be harmless, and there was no damage done. Koji came on in the 8th with a fantastic 1-2-3 inning, in vintage Koji fashion. We all know what happens when you give Kimbrel the ball with just 3 outs to get. He threw a 1-2-3 9th to give the Sox the 6-2 victory in the middle game of this 3 game series.
Next matchup: David Price vs Taijuan Walker.
By Matt Watts