The Boston Red Sox continue to take care of business on the road.
After taking two of three from the San Diego Padres over the weekend, the Red Sox easily dispatched the Colorado Rockies 10-6 in the first contest of a two-game set at Coors Field.
Boston never trailed, getting on the board quickly against rookie Rico Garcia, who was making his MLB debut. The Red Sox used three home runs and a four-run seventh to guide themselves to victory, despite a somewhat shaky performance from the bullpen in the final two innings.
Rick Porcello was not lights out, but was efficient enough to pick up his 12th win of the season.
The Red Sox now are 71-62 with the win while the Rockies fall to 59-74 with the loss.
Here’s how it all went down:
GAME IN A WORD
The long ball set the tone for this one.
ON THE BUMP
— Porcello did not exactly mow down the Rockies lineup, but the right-hander did do a decent job of working around baserunners all evening.
Porcello danced around eight hits, but did not issue any free passes, striking out five over five innings, allowing just two runs. He threw 79 pitches, 58 strikes, for an incredibly efficient outing.
Colorado was unable to break through on Porcello until the fifth inning, when three straight singles made it 6-1. Nolan Arenado then doubled to make it 6-2.
— Darwinzon Hernandez worked around a single and a walk to chuck a scoreless sixth, striking out two.
— Ryan Brasier tossed a scoreless eighth, allowing one hit.
— Josh Smith surrendered two runs in the eighth, with a two-run home run by Sam Hilliard making it 10-4. He gave up another two-run shot to Arenado in the ninth to make it 10-6 before getting lifted.
— Josh Taylor allowed one hit but recorded the final two outs.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— It did not take Boston long to get on the board.
Rafael Devers worked a one-out walk, was moved over on a groundout and then driven home on a J.D. Martinez single to make it 1-0 in the top of the first.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled the lead in the second with a mammoth, 478-foot home run.
— Christian Vazquez doubled the lead yet again with a two-run homer in the fourth.
— Xander Bogaerts made it 5-0 in the fifth with a solo shot to center.
— Back-to-back doubles from Mitch Moreland and Brock Holt made it 6-0.
— Boston broke it wide open in the seventh, with the first five runners reaching and thus chasing reliever Jake McGee, ultimately scoring four runs on three hits and two errors.
Holt lined a single to center, which got by Hilliard and brought home two runs to make it 10-2, allowing Holt to roll into third.
— Holt led the way with three hits. Martinez and Bogaerts each had two hits. Mookie Betts and Devers were the only Red Sox to go hitless.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Cleared for liftoff.
The Red Sox will wrap up their short trip to Denver on Wednesday. First pitch from Coors Field is slated for 8:40 p.m. ET.
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