Porcello inspires Red Sox, Cubs continue run


Rick Porcello's career year continued on Tuesday with a dominant performance against the New York Yankees.

The Boston Red Sox right-hander struck out six Yankees batters with one walk while allowing two runs off seven hits over eight innings in a 5-3 victory at Fenway Park.

Porcello tied Toronto's J.A. Happ and Washington's Stephen Strasburg for the MLB lead with his 15th victory. The 15 wins ties a career high for Porcello, who went 15-13 for the Detroit Tigers in 2014. He's now 15-3 with a 3.40 ERA this season and this win was the 100th of his career.

It looked like White Sox ace Chris Sale would join Porcello in the 15-win club, but he took a no-decision in Chicago's 7-5 victory in Kansas City against the Royals. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers comfortably beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3, the Oakland Athletics edged the Baltimore Orioles 2-1, the Cincinnati Reds got the better of the St Louis Cardinals 7-4, and the Houston Astros defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-5. 

The Atlanta Braves edged the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-1, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Mets 5-3, and the Miami Marlins shut out the San Francisco Giants in a 2-0 win. 

The Tampa Bay Rays thrashed the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 6-4, the Cleveland Indians got the better of the Washington Nationals 3-1, and the Texas Rangers defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-5. 

Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners needed 15 innings to get past the Detroit TIgers 6-5.



It is appearing like the Red Sox made the right choice to call up Andrew Benintendi from Double-A Portland. Following his 3-for-3 day on Tuesday, Benintendi is now batting .500 in 16 at-bats through six games. He barely missed a home run on Tuesday, settling for a double off Fenway Park's Green Monster. It was still the first extra-base hit of his MLB career. 



Raul Mondesi knew he couldn't make the play, so the Royals second baseman flipped it to someone who could.


The Cubs made it eight consecutive wins that sent them to their 70th victory, the quickest they have reached 70 wins since 1945 - which coincidentally was their last World Series appearance. 


Jeff Samardzija (9-8, 4.40 ERA) has struggled in his last two outings, but the Giants are hoping he can right the ship Wednesday. Countering him for the Marlins will be David Phelps (5-5, 2.45 ERA).