Rick Porcello returned to the Red Sox starting rotation on Wednesday night, earning the victory as visiting Boston topped the White Sox, 3-0.
The righty from Chester threw seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits while walking none and striking out five. Porcello retired the first 11 batters before allowing a two-out double in the fourth.
Porcello threw 67 of his 94 pitches (71 percent) for strikes.
“The look on his face after the outing was very encouraging,” interim manager Torey Lovullo told the Boston Globe. “He was staying in his delivery, the ball was coming out of his hand real good . . . It just was all working for him. Really happy for him.”
Travis Shaw’s two-run homer with two out in the eighth lifted Porcello to his first win since July 8. It was his first game back from his first trip to the disabled list with a triceps strain.
It was also Porcello’s best start since throwing seven shutout innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 5.
“I had been looking forward to it for a while now, getting back on the mound and getting on track,” Porcello told the Boston Herald.
The Red Sox visit CitiField to face the Mets this weekend.