The Red Sox overcame a rocky first inning by starter Rick Porcello and scored nine runs over the next three innings to club the Seattle Mariners, 9-5 for their fourth straight win, their longest winning streak of the season.
Porcello gave up five hits -- including four in a row -- to stake the visiting Mariners to a quick lead, but the Sox got a run back in the second on Mitch Moreland's solo homer and erupted for eight more runs in the third as eight straight hitters reached, capped by a three-run homer from light-hitting Sandy Leon, who hit his first homer since last July.
Porcello allowed just two more baserunner the rest of the way -- one on a walk and one on an error -- as he pitched into the seventh inning and even his record at 3-3. The Sox have won his last five starts.
WHO: Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners
WHEN: 1:05 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SEASON SERIES: Seattle 3-2
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Rick Porcello (2-3, 5.11) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (1-3, 5.20)
TV/RADIO: NESN/WEEI 93.7 FM
2:50 Since the first inning, the only baserunner off Porcello was the result of his error on a popup in front of the mound. He's retired 13 of the last 14.
2:45 Chavis is still scuffling at the plate. In earlier at-bats, he pulled a couple pitches hard down the left field line, both foul. But he ends the fourth popping out to right and is now 0-for-18.
2:26 That's Leon's first homer since last Aug. 14.
2:23 This is how it's going for Roenis Elias so far: two-run single by Jackie (.145) Bradley, followed by a three-run homer from Sandy (.205) Leon. The Sox have scored nine unanswered runs.
2:18 Rafael Devers with his team-leading fifth stolen base.
2:13 Red Sox climb all the way back from 4-0 deficit, tying it with run-scoring singles from Xander Bogaerts (one RBI) and Rafael Devers (two RBI). Devers now has multiple hits in 10 of his last 14 games and six RBI in the last 12 innings.
1:50 Murphy's Law Day continues for Red Sox, as Porcello and Sandy Leon collide at the base of the mound and a pop-up off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion drops in.
1:36 Mitch Moreland homers to get the Red Sox on the board -- second homer in as many days and fifth in the last 10 games. Team-leading 12th homer of the season.
1:25 Certainly seems strange to see Felix Hernandez throwing his fastball 88-89 mph.
1:17 Ugly start for Rick Porcello, who trails 4-0 after five hitters. Three extra-base hits in a row -- two doubles and a two-run homer for Jay Bruce.Porcello has given up just two earned runs in his last two starts combined. Too many pitches over the middle of the plate, and predictably, a lot of hard contact by the Mariners.