Boston Red Sox

BOSTON – The Red Sox offense gave them a chance to win Wednesday night at Fenway Park, but as has too often been the case in 2019, Rick Porcello couldn’t keep his team in the game.

Porcello was rocked for six runs before being pulled in the sixth inning en route to an 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The righty gave up nine hits and saw his ERA climb to 5.74.

He exited after serving up a two out homer to Willy Adames in the sixth inning. Porcello also gave up home runs to Kevin Kiermaier and Austin Meadows.

J.D. Martinez had a big night in a losing effort, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in. Rafael Devers also drove in two.

With the loss, the Sox fell two and a half games behind Tampa Bay and Oakland for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

The Red Sox and the Rays will wrap up their series Thursday night. Andrew Cashner (10-5, 4.18 ERA) will take the ball for Boston against rookie left-hander Brendan McKay (1-1, 3.72 ERA)