Red Sox Wrap: Travis Shaw Helps Boston Halt Skid In 8-2 Win Over Rays

by NESN Staff

June 28, 2016

Whatever John Farrell told his team after Monday’s loss, it worked.

One day removed from the Boston Red Sox manager’s team meeting following a brutal loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Farrell’s players responded to the challenge, earning an 8-2 win at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.

Starting pitcher Rick Porcello allowed just one run over six innings, while Travis Shaw had a huge five-RBI night to help end Boston’s three-game losing streak.

Here’s how it all went down.


A strong outing from Porcello and a big night from the bats was just what the Red Sox needed after Monday’s debacle.

The Red Sox tacked on a trio of insurance runs in the seventh.

Hanley Ramirez hit an RBI single and Travis Shaw laced a two-RBI double down the right field line to extend Boston’s lead to 6-1.

— Porcello put forth a gritty outing, averting disaster in one rough inning but otherwise keeping the Rays’ bats quiet. The right-hander inexplicably lost control in the fourth, surrendering three walks and walking in a run with the bases loaded, but retired three consecutive batters to prevent further damage.

Despite that 39-pitch inning, Porcello pitched six frames, allowing one run on five hits while walking three and striking out eight batters.

— Junichi Tazawa allowed a solo homer to Rays shortstop Brad Miller in the seventh.

— Koji Uehara needed just 11 pitches to retire Tampa in order in the eighth. He also recorded a strikeout.

— Matt Barnes struck out a batter in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

— Shaw was the offensive star of the night, going 3-for-5 with a team-high five RBIs. He started the scoring with a monster solo homer in the second. He also smacked a two-RBI double in the seventh and laced a two-RBI single to left in the ninth.

— Hanley Ramirez reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with three walks (one intentional) while scoring a run and tallying an RBI single in the seventh.

— David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a run scored and drove in his third run in as many games with an RBI double in the third.

— Jackie Bradley Jr. had a 2-for-5 night, scoring a run and tallying an RBI on a fifth-inning double.

— The heart of Boston’s order did all the damage, as the No. 3 through No. 6 batters combined for nine hits and drove in all eight of Boston’s runs.

— The bottom of the lineup didn’t fare well after its strong night Monday. Bryce Brentz, Christian Vazquez and Marco Hernandez went a combined 0-for-13 with seven strikeouts.

If only it was that easy.

The Red Sox and Rays will close out their series Wednesday with a matinee at Tropicana Field, with first pitch set for 12:10 p.m. ET. David Price gets the start against his former team opposite Rays left-hander Matt Moore.

Thumbnail photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images

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