Rick Porcello Throws Immaculate Inning Against Rays

Rick Porcello Throws Immaculate Inning Against Rays

Flamethrower Matt Barnes made quick work of the inning to clean up Porcello's mess, the reincarnated right arm of Brandon Workman overpowered in the eighth and Joe Kelly took care of the ninth as the Red Sox ran away with an 8-2 win against the Tampa Bay Rays for their eighth straight win. He notched six strikeouts while throwing 61 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

MARLINS 7, NATIONALS 3: Giancarlo Stanton hit his career-high and major league-leading 38th home run of the season and drove in three runs as Miami beat Washington at Washington. He gave up two runs, four hits and two walks while striking out seven in six-plus innings. A bad throw by Austin Pruitt (6-3) prevented a possible inning-ending double play on Rafael Devers' chopper to the mound. Reliever Chad Green (2-0) allowed two runs in 1-1/3 innings and was awarded the win. They dropped another fly ball at the warning track that was ruled a double, threw two wild pitches and allowed one passed ball.

Nelson Cruz hit two home runs, and Kyle Seager launched a three-run blast as Seattle topped Oakland. Martin Perez scattered three hits over eight innings and blanked NY until Wilmer Flores' solo homer in the sixth. The Royals were clinging to a 5-4 lead until Yadier Molina unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth.

San Diego piled up nine hits and five runs off Sal Romano (2-4), who was in trouble in each of his six innings. Verlander allowed just one hit over eight innings, a two-out double by Josh Bell in the sixth inning. Scribner gave up a run and two hits over five innings, including Welington Castillo's solo shot in the top of the third.

Benintendi finished the night 3-for-5 and is 11-for-22 (.500) in six games since sitting two games in a row to regroup last week.

PHILLIES 5, BRAVES 2: Odubel Herrera hit a two-run homer, Zach Eflin pitched seven strong innings following his recall from the minors and Philadelphia beat Atlanta at Atlanta. He struck out every batter in the Rays' starting lineup at least once. David Freese added two hits for the Pirates, and Felipe Rivero worked a ideal ninth for his 10th save. He also picked up the first two RBIs of his big league career on a two-run single in the fourth off Matthew Boyd (5-6). Miguel Gonzalez tossed five-hit ball over eight innings and blanked the Astros until Derek Fisher's homer in the eighth, the lone bright spot in Houston's eighth loss in 11 games.

PIRATES 6, TIGERS 3: Andrew McCutchen hit his 23rd home run of the season and Pittsburgh downed Detroit at Pittsburgh.