Rick Porcello gave the Red Sox just what they needed in Wednesday's win. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Led by Rick Porcello's gem, Red Sox beat Blue Jays

Ryan Hannable
April 29, 2015 - 4:53 pm
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Desperately needing a good start from a starter, Rick Porcello stepped up and delivered. The 26-year-old went seven innings, allowing just two hits leading the way to a 4-1 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays Wednesday night. The Red Sox took 2-of-3 in the series. Prior to Wednesday's game, the Red Sox bullpen had thrown 15 combined innings in the last three games and the team has called up four relievers from Pawtucket since Sunday. After allowing a run in the second inning, the right-hander settled in nicely, as he retired 13 straight batters from the end of the second inning to the first batter of the seventh. "He gave us exactly what we needed," manager John Farrell said. "Seven strong innings. Turns it over to the bullpen with [Junichi Tazawa] and Koji [Uehara] doing their job. As much as we talked about the starter setting the tone, Rick certainly did that tonight. Beyond Rick, you go back to the third inning, which was really the difference in the game, Mookie [Betts] makes a great catch in center field. [Hanigan] starts the inning off with a long, quality at-bat. Hanley does what he'€™s been doing all month." Porcello finished the night going seven full innings, allowing one run on two hits while walking two and striking out six. He threw 99 pitches and it was his first start this season that he didn't allow a home run. Koji Uehara picked up the save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz provided the Red Sox all the offense they would need in the third inning. Ortiz had an RBI single, which put the Sox on the board and tied the game. Then Ramirez's two-run home run, which held up as the game-winning RBI. The Red Sox added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Betts. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Porcello. He gave the Sox a start they desperately needed. It was just the fifth time in 22 games a Red Sox starter has recorded an out in the seventh inning. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Ramirez crushed an R.A. Dickey offering over the Monster seats in the third inning for a two-run homer. It was his 10th home run of the season, which ties the Red Sox record for home runs prior to the month of May. Ortiz hit 10 back in 2006. "I guess you could say it'€™s record setting, right?" said Farrell "A force in the middle of the order. Different types of pitchers, key moments. Controls the strike zone. Fun to watch." -- Dustin Pedroia is in a good position at the plate, as he finished the game 2-for-4. Pedroia is in the midst of a four-game hit streak where he's 8-for-15 (.533) over that time. -- Ortiz went 2-for-4, including an RBI single in the third inning to get the Red Sox on the board. -- Despite facing his nemesis in the Blue Jays, Junichi Tazawa tossed a scoreless eighth inning. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Pablo Sandoval cooled off after going 6-for-7 in the first two games of the series. He went 0-for-4, snapping a three-game hit streak. -- In his return from missing the last two games with an illness, Mike Napoli went 0-for-3. His average is down to .162. -- On Betts' RBI single in the seventh, Xander Bogaerts tried to score behind Brock Holt, but was thrown out by right fielder Michael Saunders. It was reviewed as to whether or not catcher Josh Thole illegally blocked the plate and after a 6:20 review, the play was confirmed.

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