"That's probably his preference overall", Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday at Fenway Park before the opener of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. He also allowed four home runs, which were were a career-high.
Sale cruised through the second inning as well, although he did allow one hit. Moreland came in to score, and the Red Sox finally had a lead. Porcello has gone at least six innings in 20 consecutive starts, the majors' longest active streak.
"You can live with singles", Porcello said. I think the Boston bats wake up here and give Sale some run support en route to a big win. I'm attacking guys with the fastball.
Tampa Bay got the better of Boston on Friday in the first of a four-game set. There's no secret to it. Mechanically I'm pretty much the same. "It's just pinpointing the fastball".
But they got just enough on Saturday.
But homers by Shane Peterson, in his first at-bat as a Ray, Logan Morrison (a grand slam), Brad Miller and Steven Souza Jr., the last two back to back to KO Porcello, who beat the Rays five times past year.
Porcello is coming off his Cy Young season, but also has dominated the Rays over the course of his career, which made the poor outing even more surprising.
Archer, 9-19 a year ago but 2-0 in 2017, beat the Red Sox to start his career back in 2012 but was 0-11 since, the longest string of futility against Boston since Floyd Bannister's 12-game streak from 1982-86.
The Tampa Bay Rays were having a lot of fun with what Shane Peterson did.
WHITE SOX 10, INDIANS 4 Tim Anderson homered on the game's first pitch, Matt Davidson added a three-run shot in a five-run first inning and Chicago beat slumping Cleveland.
Ramirez's two-run double to center field with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth erased the deficit, and Xander Bogaerts brought him home shortly thereafter as the Red Sox rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 at Fenway Park.
Sale entered Saturday's game with a 1.23 ERA after two almost flawless outings, but he had an 0-1 record after taking the no-decision in an extra-innings win over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
The Red Sox need him to be better, especially with David Price on the disabled list, as Chris Sale can not carry the whole rotation. Betts was originally called safe at the plate, but a review on the play showed that Betts was tagged out and the run was overturned. That said, they're 11-4 in their last 15 games after scoring five runs or more in their previous game. It was also the longest losing streak by a pitcher versus any opponent since Mark Buehrle lost 12 in a row against the New York Yankees from 2004-14. The first baseman went 3-for-4 with a double (of course), two runs and an RBI. Souza continued his impressive start to the '17 season going 2-for-4 with a walk. It was his best offensive game of the season.