The Oakland Athletics handed Rick Porcello his first loss of the season as the Red Sox dropped the series opener to the A’s 6-5 on Monday night at Fenway Park.
Porcello pitched six innings and allowed five runs, including home runs to Matt Joyce and Matt Chapman. He yielded nine hits to go with no walks and five strikeouts.
Among the bright spots for the Red Sox was J.D. Martinez, who blasted his 11th home run of the season. He launched the first pitch into the right field bullpen, barely escaping the outreached glove of A’s right fielder Mark Canha.
Martinez is up to six home runs and 12 RBIs in 13 May games. He’s batting .346 on the season, which ranks third in the American League behind only teammate Mookie Betts and the Orioles’ Manny Machado.
Rafael Devers also homered for the Red Sox, his seventh of the season. The 21-year-old third baseman has struck out 47 times in 40 games, but has hit seven homers to go with 25 RBIs.
Up Next: The Red Sox look to bounce back on Tuesday night against the A’s, with Daniel Mengden (2-4, 4.06 ERA) taking on Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0, 4.58 ERA).
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