Recap - the Ace Stops the Bleeding

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Now tied for the American League lead with fourteen wins, first complete game of the season, four-game losing streak snapped.

Are there any more questions as to who the ace of the Red Sox staff is?

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
Rick Porcello scattered five hits over nine innings holding the Angels to just a pair of second-inning runs in Boston's 6-2 win on Friday night.

Manager John Farrell said after the game, "(Porcello's) been very consistent, probably the most dependable guy in our rotation when you go back to the opening series of the season."

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI ground out and run-scoring single off Porcello.

Boston tied the game in the third when Xander Bogaerts doubled to score Dustin Pedroia; he scored on a single by David Ortiz.

The Red Sox took the lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts and added another run on a solo home run by Jackie Bradley Jr., his seventeenth of the year.

Boston completed the scoring on Bogaerts' two-run homer in the seventh. The home run was his thirteenth of the year, marking a new career-high for him.

With the win, Porcello is now tied with Chris Sale and Chris Tillman for American League victories. It was also his first complete game in two years.

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