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BSJ Game Report: Rays 6, Red Sox 3 – Pitching and defense absent in loss

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Rays, complete with BSJ insight and analysis.

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Porcello has his worst start of the season: There's reason for at least some concern with Rick Porcello as Thursday marked the third time in the last four starts that he's given up at least five runs. Porcello never found a rhythm early, getting into deep counts -- he went to a three-ball count seven times to the first 12 hitters -- and needing 63 pitches to record the first six outs. He wasn't able to command much of anything in his repertoire, and while he got little help from his teammates behind him, he made matters worse two walks and a hit batsman in the first two innings. "I wasn't sharp at all,'' acknowledged Porcello. "Anytime I've struggled this year, it's been the result of falling behind hitters and that's what happened tonight. I got into some bad counts against guys and had to come in the zone with some pitches and you get hurt by that.''

Defense takes the night off: Porcello could have sued for poor support from his fielders.