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)
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.