Porcello gets 9th win, Red Sox beat Rays to stop 3-game skid

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Hank Conger, left, looks on as Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a RBI-double to right field during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rick Porcello pitched six strong innings, Travis Shaw homered and drove in five runs for the third time this season and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Porcello (9-2) retired the last nine batters he faced after giving up a bases-loaded walk to Nick Franklin in the fourth. That was the only run the right-hander allowed while also yielding five hits.

Shaw had a solo homer, a two-run double and a two-run single for the Red Sox, who broke a close game open with a three-run seventh. David Ortiz continued to climb the career RBI list with a third-inning double, and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez also drove in runs for Boston.

Ortiz's hit gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead against Chris Archer (4-11), who's gone from being an All-Star a year ago to leading the major leagues in losses this season.