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Rick Porcello loses league-leading 12th game, but once again gets no support

John Tomase
July 16, 2017 - 5:41 pm

Rick Porcello isn't going to repeat as Cy Young Award winner this season, but that doesn't mean the Red Sox offense should just give up on the days that he pitches.

For the 10th time in 20 starts, the offense failed to score a run for Porcello. And for the 12th time in 20 starts, Porcello finished the afternoon with an L next to his name, dropping to 4-12 with a 3-0 loss to the Yankees.

"They scored 15 runs a game for me last year, so it is what it is," Porcello said. "It's baseball. It's part of the game and you keep going out there every fifth day and try and give us a chance to win. That's part of the job that you control. It is what it is."

What Porcello can control is what he does with the ball in his hand, and on Sunday he again came up a little bit short. He allowed three runs (1 earned) in six innings, surrendering a solo homer to Didi Gregorius and getting touched for nine hits.

"It's always frustrating when you lose," Porcello said. "The name of the game is to win, so it's definitely frustrating coming out with the loss."

Porcello has actually pitched better of late, allowing one earned run for the second straight start. His run of 17 straight starts of at least six innings is the longest in baseball.

Still, one year after going 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and leading the league in wins, his 12 losses lead the AL, and his 4.60 ERA masks another 12 unearned runs.

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