Dear Rick Porcello

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Dear Rick -

Please stop giving back five-run leads. It's putting a severe strain on our relationship.


Red Sox Nation

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The Red Sox offense erupted for 17 hits and an equal number of runs in a 17-6 rout of the Orioles in Baltimore on Saturday. And thanks to a shaky start by Rick Porcello, they needed a big chunk of them.

Staked to a 5-0 lead midway through the third inning, Porcello allowed the Orioles to tie the game with a five spot in the bottom of the frame, including a three-run homer by Renato Nunez.

Though he was credited with the win, Porcello was far from sharp, allowing a total of six runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out four.

Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez each had three hits in the win. Jackie Bradley Jr. slammed a pair of three-run homers.

With the Rays losing, Boston is now tied with Tampa in the loss column for second place in the American League East. They're three games behind Oakland in the loss column for the second wild card playoff spot.

Sunday will be the 100th game of the season for the Red Sox. If they're going to make any kind of move, now would be a good time to do it.

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