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Rick Porcello buries Yankees even deeper with complete game

Rob Bradford
August 03, 2018 - 9:26 pm

Rick Porcello picked a good time to turn in his best game as a Red Sox.

The Red Sox' starter claimed his third complete game with Boston, having notched a pair of them in 2016. But neither of the two previous times he went wire-to-wire could equal what Porcello accomplished in the Sox' 4-1 win over the Yankees.

Porcello only allowed one hit -- a Miguel Andujar solo home run in the third inning -- while striking out nine and not walking a batter. Amazingly, Porcello only needed 86 pitches (68 strikes) to finish New York off.

And while the Red Sox' starter was completely dominating the Yankees, sending them a season-high 7 1/2 games back of the Sox, Steve Pearce was once again taking care of the rest. One night after managing three home runs, the Red Sox first baseman launched a two-run shot in his first at-bat against Luis Severino.

Porcello only threw nine balls after the third inning.