Rick Porcello Lifts Red Sox to Victory on the Mound and at the Plate

Rick Porcello did it all on Monday Night in the Nation’s Capital. He was able to out-pitch two-time Cy Young Award winner and former teammate with the Detroit Tigers, Max Scherzer, and also provided the Boston offense with the game-deciding hit.

With the bases loaded and an 0-2 count, Porcello did the unthinkable as he unloaded an 0-2 96 mph fastball to left-center to clear the bases and put Boston on top 3-0. It was the first career extra base hit of his career for the American League pitcher who came to the plate with a .156 career batting average. Maybe it was those five seasons spent together in Detroit, but Porcello got to Scherzer with the key-hit that lifted the Boston offense to victory by driving the fastball to the outfield and providing the 3 critical RBI’s.

On the hill, Porcello cruised outside of a pair of solo homers allowed to Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy to turn in a quality start with six innings of work on the road against an imposing lineup. Max Scherzer went six innings as well and punched out 9 batters, becoming the first pitcher since Randy Johnson to record more than 1,000 strikeouts in both leagues (11th to record the feat with two different teams).

Mookie Betts provided a critical insurance run with his 21st home run off Brandon Kintzler, because not long after Bryce Harper mashed his 21st to make it a one-run game once more. Boston locked down the 4-3 win on the road against the Nats with Craig Kimbrel recording his 25th save of the season.

Porcello improved to 10-3 on the season with a 3.57 ERA and his 3 RBI’s at the plate made the difference in the narrow victory over the best pitcher in baseball today, Max Scherzer.

The 57-29 first-place Red Sox continue their series with the 42-41 Nats on Tuesday and through the 4th of July for the three-game inter-league series.

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