Ricky big stick wins series opener 4-3; drives in three RBIs in victory
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After the Red Sox got blown out of Yankee Stadium for the second time in the series finale of the rivalry matchup, Boston handed the ball to Rick Porcello on Monday night hoping for a strong start against the Washington Nationals. Rick had a solid month of June. In 5 starts he has averaged a 3.48 ERA, 2.61 BB/9, 1.16 HR/9. As he looked to continue his success in his first start of July, he helped out both on the mound and at the dish in a 4-3 Red Sox victory.
Porcello produced a strong outing on the mound Monday night. He went six innings and only allowed two earned runs on seven hits while giving up two walks. In total Rick picked up five strikeouts and was able to work through jams unscathed.
In the second inning, the Red Sox would strike early against the Nationals ace Max Scherzer. Mitch Moreland led off the inning with a single into right field. Scherzer would hit Brock Holt and then intentionally walk Jackie Bradley Jr. Porcello drove in a three-run, bases-clearing double. The Sox would take an early 3-0 lead against Scherzer.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Porcello gave up a solo home run to Anthony Rendon to cut the lead to 3-1.
Porcello would give up another home run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a solo home run to Daniel Murphy and shrink the Boston lead to a slim 3-2 lead.
Matt Barnes came into the game in the bottom of the 7th inning in relief of Porcello. He had a strong outing as he only allowed one hit and one walk and picked up a strikeout.
In the 8th inning, Joe Kelly would come into the game in relief for Barnes and would immediately give up a solo home run to his first batter, Bryce Harper. Harper would make bring the Nationals a litle closer at 4-3. Kelly would later come back and strike out Murphy and Wilmer Difo before getting replaced by Craig Kimbrel.
Kimbrel came into the game in the middle of the eighth inning to record a four-out save. In the top of the ninth inning, Craig would give up a walk to Juan Soto after recording two outs. Kimbrel threw a dandy of a breaking ball that might have confused both catcher Christian Vazquez and the umpire. However, with Rendon at the dish, he would line out to Andrew Benintendi to escape danger. Kimbrel notched his 91st save with the Red Sox and the Red Sox won the series opener 4-3.