Rick Porcello continued to keep his name in the American League Cy Young conversation and the Red Sox bats came to life in a 9-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.
Boston took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run by Mookie Betts, his 30th of the season, and a Brock Holt RBI single that scored Chris Young.
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The Rays tied the score in the top of the third before the Red Sox pulled away with three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth and seventh innings.
Boston went doubles-happy against the Rays, ripping six two-baggers as part of a fourteen-hit attack. Holt and Travis Shaw led the Red Sox with three hits. Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon each had two apiece.
Porcello (pictured) went seven innings for his eighteenth win of the season, the first MLB pitcher to hit that mark in 2016. It was also the 18th time in his 26 starts that he's pitched at least into the seventh inning. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out seven without walking a batter.
Porcello remained undefeated at Fenway Park this year. The Red Sox are 20-7 in games he's started.
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