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Porcello Snaps Skid as Red Sox Run Win Steak to Four Games


Rick Porcello snapped a personal seven-game losing skid Wednesday night at Fenway Park to help the Boston Red Sox run their current win streak to a season-high four games. David Ortiz collected a pair of RBIs to propel the Red Sox to a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Red Sox set the tone early on, plating four runs in the bottom of the third. Brock Holt opened up the scoring with an RBI groundout that scored Ryan Hanigan. Xander Bogaerts then drove in Mookie Betts on a single to short stop. Ortiz capped off the inning with a two-run bomb to left-center field.

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Porcello, pitching with a comfortable lead, allowed just two runs over six innings of work. He was tagged for eight hits, but did record four strikeouts. With Hanigan calling the shots behind the plate, Porcello was remarkably effective in generating ground outs. He accumulated 12 of them, indicating excellent pitch command.

The Red Sox would add a run in the sixth on a groundout by Pablo Sandoval. Alejandro De Aza later scored in the seventh on a throwing error to give the Red Sox a 6-2 lead.

Robbie Ross and Matt Barnes pitched two quality innings in relief of Porcello to allow Koji Uehara a chance at the save. The Marlins did get a run back in the eighth off of Barnes. Uehara made quick work off the Marlins in the ninth to earn his 21st save of the season.

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It should be noted that Ortiz was given the start at first base again in favor of the slumping Mike Napoli. It’s the second time in three games in which manager John Farrell opted to do so. Napoli was benched Tuesday night as Travis Shaw was given the start.

The Red Sox will be off on Thursday. They will welcome the New York Yankees to town for a crucial three-game series ahead of the All-Star break this weekend. The Red Sox trail the Yankees by five games for first place in the American League East.

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