ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
Rick Porcello and David Ortiz slug the Giants

July 19, 2016 ... The first time David Ortiz got hold of one of Giants starter Jake Peavy's cutters Tuesday night, he put a vicious swing on a pitch dangling over the middle of the plate, struck his home run pose in the batter's box, and waited for the ball to sail into the bleachers in center field. But the wind knocked it down before it could make it out.

But when Ortiz came back to the plate in the fourth with runners on first and second, there wasn't any wind to worry about. He got another cutter on the first pitch from Peavy and put another charge into it. The three-run homer helped push the Sox to a 4-0 win at Fenway Park.

The homer gave Ortiz 23 for the season, 526 for his career, and 468 in a Sox uniform as his farewell tour marches on. It also snapped Ortiz out of a mini-slump after going 6 for 29 in his previous eight games.

Brock Holt extended his hitting streak to eight games with a solo homer in the third inning that gave the Sox a 1-0 lead.

In the meantime, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello stretched his win streak at Fenway with 6 1/3 scoreless innings, holding the Giants to four hits with three strikeouts and two walks. With his 12th win of the season, Porcello improved his record at Fenway to 9-0. The last Red Sox pitcher to start a season 9-0 at home was Dennis Eckersley in 1978. His ERA at Fenway dropped to 2.98, more than a run better than his 4.02 ERA on the road.

Even though Koji Uehara left the game with a strained right pectoral after striking out Brandon Belt to start the ninth, Tommy Layne finished the inning by getting Buster Posey to pop up and striking out Brandon Crawford.

The Red Sox are 14-5 when Porcello takes the mound, winning each of his last six starts, and are 10-0 in his starts at Fenway. He's gone at least five innings in each of his last 26 starts dating to last August.

The last time the Red Sox won a pitcher's first 10 home starts was 2004 with Curt Schilling. Before that it hadn't been done since 1961 with Don Schwall. The Red Sox have won seven of their last eight and nine of their last 11.

The Red Sox moved to within a half-game of the Orioles, who lost to the Yankees, 7-1.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

5

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

4

4

0

 

 

W-Rick Porcello (12-2)
L-Jake Peavy (5-8)
Attendance - 38,082

 HR-Holt (Bost), Ortiz (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 0 0 .299  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 3 1 0 .298  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 1 1 .318  

 

David Ortiz dh 3 1 1 .327  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 3 0 1 .280  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 3 0 0 .293.  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 3 0 0 .265  

 

Sandy Leon c 3 0 0 .431  

 

Brock Holt lf 3 1 1 .264  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Rick Porcello 6.1 4 0 2 3  

 

Robbie Ross Jr 0.2 0 0 0 0  

 

Brad Ziegler 1 1 0 0 0  

 

Koji Uehara 0.1 0 0 0 1  

 

Tommy Layne 0.2 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

53 39 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

52

39

1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

53 42 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

47 46 6 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

36 57 17 1/2