Porcello pitches 5-hitter to lead Red Sox past Angels, 6-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rick Porcello gave the Boston Red Sox just what they needed.

Porcello pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game since 2014, Xander Bogaerts homered and drove in three runs, and the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Friday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

“Twenty-four hours ago, we were probably in a much different place mentally,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He’s our stopper.”

Porcello (14-2) struck out three while winning his sixth straight start — also for the first time since 2014 — and eighth consecutive decision. He became the majors’ fourth 14-game winner, joining Baltimore’s Chris Tillman, the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale, and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg.

“He had just very good command the entire night,” Farrell said. “He stayed ahead in the count, pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone, he used his four-seamer in to some powerful right hitters in that lineup. … He just continued to pitch at a very good pace throughout the game tonight and a very strong effort on his part.”

Porcello hasn’t lost since May 17 and he’s pitched five or more innings in 29 straight starts dating back to last Aug. 26. His timing and

Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2016/07/30/porcello-piches-5-hitter-to-lead-red-sox-past-angels-6-2/87769950/

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