Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and third baseman Rafael Devers

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Red Sox get past rough first inning to rout Mariners

Nick Friar
May 11, 2019 - 4:28 pm

Rick Porcello’s outing against the Mariners didn’t start on the right foot, but he flipped a switch after giving Seattle a four-run head start in the first inning. From the second inning until the seventh, when he was pulled with two outs, Porcello didn’t surrender another hit, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless frames to end his day.

He also had some help from the Red Sox offense, which scored eight runs in the third inning en route to a 9-5 win. (For a complete recap of the Red Sox’ win, click here.)

Mitch Moreland and Rafael Devers continued their strong stretch, finishing with two and three hits, respectively. Moreland hit his fourth home run of the month, while Devers knocked in a pair of runs and stole a base, as well.

Devers average currently sits at .326 on the season after his 3-for-4 performance. But the Red Sox third baseman has picked up the pace exponentially this month, even after hitting a solid .294 in April. After Saturday’s win, Devers is hitting .405 in the month of May (10 games) with a .447 on-base percentage. Although he didn’t add to his total against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle relievers that followed, Devers has three doubles and two home runs this month. He did, however, raise his number of RBI in May to 12.

Additional offense came from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Sandy Leon. Bradley drove in a pair and Leon knocked in three, all coming on his three-run home run in Boston’s eight-run third inning.

Colten Brewer gave up a solo home to Omar Narvaez in the ninth, but bullpen-mates Brandon Workman and Ryan Brasier combined for 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Workman has not surrendered a run in 11-straight outings.

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