Comeback effort stalls: Give the Red Sox credit: trailing 6-0 by the fifth inning, they didn't pack it in. In fact, they answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth -- three on a homer by Rafael Devers -- to get right back into it. In the eighth inning, a solo homer by Andrew Benintendi pulled them to within a run. And there were chances, too. In the ninth, a leadoff single by Brock Holt and a bunt from pinch-hitter Gorkys Hernandez put the potential tying run in scoring position with just one out. But Mookie Betts was retired on a comebacker and Devers fanned to end the game. "We'll take our chances with Mookie and Raffy and a man in scoring position,'' said Alex Cora. "It just didn't happen.'' A six-run head start -- no matter how strong your lineup -- is a few runs too many.
Porcello digs a ditch: Rick Porcello had shown some encouraging signs in his previous three starts, compiling a 3.38 ERA. But he gave up