Rick Porcello’s start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday wasn’t awful, but it would have been a lot better if he pitched past the fifth inning.

The Boston Red Sox right-hander was extra careful facing a tough Rays lineup, and that was evident by the three walks he dished out to designated hitter Logan Morrison. Porcello gave up just two runs in the Red Sox’s 4-1 loss, but he knew his inability to pitch deep into the game ultimately did him in.

“Absolutely, but I didn’t do myself any favors there by throwing 40 pitches in the fifth and creating kind of a mess for us,” Porcello said when asked if he wanted to go out in the sixth. “I always want to go back out there, but it is what it is. I got myself in a tough spot, and that was it.”

Hear more from Porcello from “Red Sox Final” in the video above, presented by Plainridge Park Casino.

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