That made him the oldest Red Sox pitcher at the time of his first start, edging Scott Atchison, whose debut start with Boston came at the age of 34 years and 75 days in 2010.
Don’t worry New York Yankees fans because it is a matter of a day or two when the wildcard postseason spot is secured. It was scored by the Red Sox, and in fact the Yankees would not score again after the first frame.
LF Hanley Ramirez (right shoulder inflammation) was not with the Red Sox Monday and will not be with them again Tuesday since he was given permission to start rehabbing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Tuesday with his personal trainer. It took the Red Sox eight innings to score five runs in the first game of the series. As if the Red Sox’s position in the bottom of the American League East were not bad enough, the run differential – among the worst in the league throughout the summer – reiterated that the Sox deserved that standing.
The Red Sox boosted their lead in the top half of the 5th with a solo home run from Betts and Pedroia followed him with a single, but Pineda got Bogaerts to ground into a double play and Ortiz out in a groundout to end the inning. Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double, and Dustin Ackley had a two-run homer.
Meanwhile, left fielder Rusney Castillo will miss his third consecutive game with a right quad strain. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, and a single by Gardner moved him to third.
The Boston Red Sox were forced to call up catching prospect Blake Swihart earlier than they wanted to. “He’s getting his pitch and not missing it”, said Lovullo. “… I think I just did a poor job those last few innings”.
In the second, they had eclipsed that mark by the time New York came up to bat.
The Boston Red Sox are going nowhere in 2015, but they’re still not going down without a fight. Porcello has split his four starts since last facing the Yankees and allowed three runs (two earned) and 11 hits over seven innings Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
“That team is playing really good baseball. That’s a different team than we’d seen all spring and summer”, Rodriguez said.
“It’s something we’re very proud of”, interim manager Torey Lovullo said, per The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham. The other runs were driven in by Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt, Travis Shaw and Josh Rutledge. Pineda bent over at the waist and shook his head, moments before the Yankees began to get a reliever loose in the bullpen.
And it is a matter of the Yankees not being able to handle a lefthander on the mound, though Porcelllo, a righty gave them an opportunity. After a 2-2 fastball turned into second baseman Dustin Ackley’s two-run home run, Willis paid a visit and four pitches later, Porcello escaped. He’s hit 14 second-half home runs, which is more than any of his teammates, but he’s struck out more frequently and hasn’t walked as much.
“I probably let my ego get the best of me”, Gausman said. “That definitely resonated with me”.
It was the first multihomer game for Swihart, who entered with three long balls this season. However it has not been good Yankees baseball as of late and the home run ball has also been hard to find.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Darin Ruf hit a three-run homer, Odubel Herrera had four hits and Philadelphia snapped New York’s franchise-record 11-game road winning streak.