Rick Porcello

Closing Time: Rick Porcello latest starter to carry Red Sox to win

Rob Bradford
May 16, 2015 - 7:59 pm

If you're going to try to make people notice a trend, beating the best isn't a bad way to go. Rick Porcello was the latest Red Sox starter to excel, allowing just two runs (a pair of solo home runs by Brad Miller) over 6 2/3 innings. The end result was win for the righty, besting Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the Red Sox' 4-2 victory over Seattle on Saturday night at Safeco Park. In the last four outings, Red Sox starters have totaled a 1.32 ERA, allowing just four runs over 27 2/3 innings. For Hernandez, it was his first loss of the season in seven decisions. He came into the contest with a 1.84 ERA. Doing the initial damage against the big righty were David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval, who each went deep. But, thanks to Miller's homers, the Red Sox couldn't break things open for Porcello until the sixth inning. The two-run frame might have been aided by Hernandez seemingly tweaking his already injured ankle while going after a Sandoval foul ball. After the Sandoval at-bat, Hernandez didn't seem the same, walking both Xander Bogaerts and Daniel Nava. (The starter came into the game with just eight walks and 50 strikeouts.) Blake Swihart then supplied the eventual game-winner with his second hit of the night, a double into center field. Brock Holt added an insurance run with a run-scoring ground out down the first base line. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Porcello. The starter lowered his ERA to 4.26, totaling a 2.88 ERA in his last five starts. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX -- Junichi Tazawa got some revenge on Nelson Cruz after giving up the walkoff single to the slugger Friday night. The Red Sox reliever came on to finish off the eighth inning by inducing a soft liner to shortstop. Tazawa abandoned the split that burned him against Cruz the night before, pumping in five straight fastballs. -- Xander Bogaerts continued to turn in a more than solid effort at shortstop, making a few above-average plays. Bogaerts came into the game with the second-best fielding percentage among American League shortstops (.986). -- David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia joined Swihart as the only Red Sox to claim multiple-hit games. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX -- Jackie Bradley is still looking for his first hit this season, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. The outfielder is now 0-for-11, and 0-for-28 dating back to last season. -- Seattle southpaw reliever Joe Beimel came on to retire both Ortiz and Sandoval. With the pair of outs Ortiz is now 6-for-43 against lefties, while Sandoval drops to 2-for-38.