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Monday, 11 September 2017 01:29

Boston Red Sox: Offense Comes up Short for Porcello as Rays Avoid Sweep, Beat Boston 4-1

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Rick Porcello only made it through five innings in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Rick Porcello only made it through five innings in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay. MLB

Tampa Bay avoided the sweep at Fenway Park on Sunday in a 4-1 win over Boston.

Rick Porcello fell victim yet again to a lack of run support from the Boston Red Sox as the Tampa Bay Rays avoided the sweep on Sunday afternoon and beat the Sox 4-1.

The loss halted the four-game winning streak Boston had going into the afternoon.

Boston took an early 1-0 lead in the second, but after Christian Vazquez was called out at home on an extremely questionable play, the team seemed to unravel.

Porcello opened the game with a 1-2-3 first inning and didn’t give up a hit until the fourth. But the fifth is where he began to fall apart.

The right-hander gave up a leadoff double to Brad Miller who would score to tie the game on an RBI single off the bat of Wilson Ramos. Tampa Bay took the lead for the first and final time when Ramos scored.

The bullpen, much like the offense, was no help to Porcello as Brandon Workman and Robby Scott each gave up solo home runs and Boston found themselves down 4-1.

It was a three-run deficit the Sox would not come back from as they failed to get any sort of rally going against Alex Colome.

With the loss, Boston’s lead in the American League East division drops to 3.5 games above the New York Yankees.

Porcello is now 9-17 when just a year ago he was 20-3 en route to a Cy Young Award. His 17 losses lead the major league.

Injury update:

Utility infielder Eduardo Nunez, who is dealing with a knee contusion, is expected back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Pitcher David Price will throw a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday after throwing a two-inning one on Saturday.

Game MVP:

Christian Vazquez: he was the most productive hitter in the lineup for Boston going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Fun fact:

Players from the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers were at the gates of Fenway Park collecting donations to support the relief efforts of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Florida and their AFL affiliate team are in the Boston area training for the upcoming season.

What’s on deck:

Boston (81-62) has an off-day on Monday as they prepare to welcome the Oakland Athletics (62-80) to Fenway Park on Tuesday for a three-game set.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-5, 4.33 ERA) will take the hill to oppose Sean Manaea (10-9, 4.33 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

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Lauren Campbell

Lauren Campbell is a beat writer for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins at CLNS Radio. Currently, Lauren is also an account manager for Suburban Glass & Mirror.

Lauren studied at Framingham State University where she is a 2015 graduate with a degree in English and a concentration in journalism. She was the sports editor for the Universtiy's student newspaper, the Gatepost.

Before joining CLNS, Lauren interned at Comcast Sports Net New England, as well as the Medfield and Westwood Press newspapers.

Additionally, Lauren has been a freelance production assistant with MLB and NFL Network, and assisted in pre and post-game set up during the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park. She has also worked for ESPN and MLB International.

Lauren has been a lifetime die-hard Red Sox fan and is a baseball enthusiast.

You can follow Lauren on Twitter: @lalalalaurrrren

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