RED SOX NOTES (44-58)
THE RED SOX fell to 24-27 at home this season, including 2-4 on their current 10-game homestand…Have lost 12 of their last 14 games overall since 7/12…Fell to a season-high 14 games under .500.
RICK PORCELLO (2.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, BB, 2 SO, HBP, 2 HR) matched his shortest start of the season (2.0 IP on 7/1 at TOR)…Is the 1st BOS starter to allow 10+ hits in 2.0 or fewer IP since John Tudor on 4/28/82 vs. KC (1.2 IP, 10 H).
· Made his 200th career start (204th appearance)…Is 1 of only 5 active pitchers to reach 200 starts prior to turning 27 years old (also Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw, CC Sabathia, and Matt Cain).
· Allowed a HR to the 1st batter of the game (Eaton), snapping a streak of 4 straight starts and 117 consecutive batters faced without allowing a HR at home (last: Albert Pujols on 5/22).
CRAIG BRESLOW (3.0 IP, BB, 3 SO) retired 9 of his 10 batters faced (0-for-9, BB)…Matched the longest hitless outing of his career (also 8/29/08 with MIN at OAK, 3.0 IP).
MIKE NAPOLI (2-for-3, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB) drove in the Sox’ only 2 runs of the game, an RBI double in the 4th and a solo HR in the 7th…Is batting .342 with a .405 OBP and .632 SLG since 7/12 (13-for-38, 5 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB).
JOSH RUTLEDGE (0-for-2) made his Red Sox debut, entering the game as a defensive replacement at 3B in the 6th inning…Was his first ML appearance of the season…Was acquired by BOS on Monday from LAA in exchange for OF Shane Victorino and cash considerations…Added to the Sox’ active ML roster today.
RUSNEY CASTILLO (1-for-4, 2B) has hit safely in each of his 3 G since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday…Is 12-for-40 (.300) since 6/5.
PABLO SANDOVAL (0-for-1, BB) left the game after 5 innings due to dehydration.