Rick Porcello was far from perfect, but finally earned a victory as Boston defeated Miami, 6-3, on Wednesday night. Porcello, a right-hander from Chester, had not won in his previous seven outings.
‘”It felt great,” said Porcello, who hadn’t won since May 18. “Contribute in a positive way, you know, keep our streak going.'”
Porcello (5-9) gave up eight hits and two earned runs, struck out four and walked one on Wednesday, helping the Red Sox to a season-high four-game winning streak.
But the start wasn’t exactly stellar. Porcello gave up five straight one-out hits in the fourth inning, allowing two runs before getting a pair of ground-ball outs to retire the Marlins with the bases loaded.
Porcello posted a 3.79 ERA in three starts with Hanigan behind the plate earlier this year, holding opponents to a .200 batting average, .273 on-base percentage, .314 slugging percentage and .587 OPS. According to MassLive.com, he has a 9.28 ERA in four starts working with catcher Sandy Leon and a 5.63 ERA in nine starts with Blake Swihart.