The Red Sox’s bats were silenced Wednesday night, and Rick Porcello was outdueled by Hisashi Iwakuma. Boston lost its second game in a row, this time 3-1, falling to 3-4 on this long West Coast road trip.
Let’s take a look at how things happened.
GAME IN A WORD
The official time of game was under two-and-a-half hours in this low-scoring affair.
IT WAS OVER WHEN …
Edwin Diaz recorded the final out of the game.
Boston scored its only run in the ninth and had a runner on third with two outs, but Sandy Leon grounded into the shift for the final out with Andrew Benintendi on deck.
ON THE BUMP
— Porcello was very good. Unfortunately, so was Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Porcello allowed just four hits through eight innings of work, but the first three of those hits left the yard for solo home runs. Iwakuma allowed just five hits in 7 1/3 innings, but Boston couldn’t plate a run with him in the game.
For Porcello, the loss snaps a streak of six consecutive wins. It was his first loss since May 17.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— Andrew Benintendi was the star of the day, collecting his first career hit and going 2-for-3 with two singles.
— Travis Shaw drove in Boston’s only run in the ninth inning. With one out, Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to right-center field, Aaron Hill was hit by a pitch, a wild pitch moved up the runners and Shaw collected the RBI on a groundout.
— Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Hill and Sandy Leon also recorded hits.
— Bogaerts had a chance to tie the game in the eighth inning, too. Betts followed Benintendi’s second hit of the night with one of his own, and Bogaerts sent a ball to the warning track in left, just shy of a game-tying three-run homer. David Ortiz sent a ball to the warning track earlier in the game, too.
The Red Sox hope to snap this losing streak in the finale of a four-game set in Seattle. Drew Pomeranz faces Ariel Miranda in Game 4, with first pitch once again scheduled for 10:10 p.m.
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