Rick Porcello's season-long difficulty keeping the ball in the ballpark surfaced again Sunday when he allowed two homers and six runs in just four innings, sending the New York Yankees to an 8-5 decision over the Red Sox.
Porcello gave up a two-run homer to Gleyber Torres in the second and another two-run shot to Mike Tauchman in the fourth. The Yankees never trailed in the game. For Porcello, the two blasts gave him 30 homers allowed this season.
The Sox got solo homers along the way from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts. For the latter, it was his sixth homer in the last nine games.
WHO: Red Sox (76-66) vs. New York Yankees (93-50)
WHEN: 8:05 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SERIES TO DATE: 1-1
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: New York 12-5
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Rick Porcello (12-11, 5.63) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-8, 4.42)
TV/RADIO: ESPN/WEEI 93.7 FM
11:19 Sixth homer in the last nine games for Betts.
11:02 Chad Green has completely shut down any ideas the Sox had about mounting a comeback. He's pitched three innings, faced nine batters, retired them all and struck out five.
9:55 Ryan Brasier enters....and Aaron Judge leaves. The yard, that is. Second pitch is driven into the Monster Seats.
9:45 Some two-out life shown by the Red Sox, with an opposite-field single by Brock Holt and a double into the right field corner by Mitch Moreland produces one run and a Wall double by Leon (!!) scores another.
9:29 The gopher ball strikes again as Mike Tauchman drills a 1-1 pitch deep into the right field seats for a two-run homer.
9:09 Jackie Bradley Jr.'s 18th homer of the year just reaches the front row of the Monster Seats and halves the Yankees' lead.
9:04 Opposite field single to left to leadoff the bottom of the third for Sandy Leon, who snaps an 0-for-14 hitless streak.
8:57 Line drive single to left by Aaron Judge scores Mike Tauchman (double) from second.
8:48 Mitch Moreland, who has two career homers off Masahiro Tanaka, hits the ball well to left, but the wind appeared to knock that down and it's caught on the warning track, in front of the wall.
8:31 A year-long problem with Porcello surfaces again -- two-run homer to left over everything by Gleyber Torres gives the Yankees a 2-0 lead. That's 29 homers allowed by Porcello.
8:18 Leadoff single by Mookie Betts, who has reached base safely in 22 straight.
8:13 Quick first inning for Rick Porcello, who gets three groundouts on 15 pitches -- the last of which featured a nice diving stop by Brock Holt at second.
WHAT'S UP: The Red Sox are just 4-4 in their last eight games, though over the last four games, against first-place teams, Boston pitchers have allowed just 10 runs in 36 innings for a 2.50 ERA. They've also held opponents to a .180 average...Mookie Betts has reached base in 21 straight games, and is batting .326 with a 1.045 OPS with six homers in that span....Betts leads MLB with 127 runs scored and is on pace to score 144....If J.D. Martinez manages a homer tonight or Monday night, he'll tie Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for most homers in a season against the Yankees with eight....Xander Bogaerts became the 33rd player in baseball history to reach 1,000 career hits and 100 career homers before the age of 27 Saturday....Rafael Devers needs one more homer to become the 10th player to hit 30 or more homers, 100 or more RBI and score 100 or more runs before turning 23...The last to do so was Miguel Cabrera in 2005....The Sox have homered in 37 of the last 39 games, with 71 homers in that stretch....A number of Red Sox players are in the midst of hitless streaks, with Andrew Benintendi 0-fpor-12, Jackie Bradley 0-for-6 and Sandy Leon 0-for-14....Rick Porcello is three wins shy of 150 for his career, ranking him fifth among active pitchers in the American League...In 10 career starts against the Yankees at Fenway Park, he's 6-3 with a 1.51 ERA...Aaron Judge is 4-for-20 lifetime against Porcello while Edwin Encarnacion is 14-for-50 with three homers....Betts is 16-for-46 (.348) with two homers against Masahiro Tanaka and Devers is 6-for-13 with a homer.
- David Price (wrist) threw on flat ground and reported some improvement, but the Sox won't pencil him in for a start during the upcoming three-game series in Toronto. In fact, Alex Cora noted that the team could shut down Price once the team gets closer to wild card elimination.