Porcello Earns First Win, Red Sox Earn Series Split With Tigers

BY DOUG ALDEN

BOSTON (AP) — Six solid innings by Rick Porcello were plenty with Boston’s suddenly resurgent offense hitting more like last year’s World Series champions.

Porcello got his first win of the season and the Red Sox continued to climb back from a dreadful start with a 7-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.

“It’s been a lot better as of late and we’ve got to continue to get better,” said Porcello, who struck out five and pitched deep enough into the game to give Boston’s weary relievers a little rest.

“We were digging our team a hole so bad each game that it was virtually impossible for our offense to get things going and do what they needed to do,” Porcello said. “I think we all have a lot of room to get better.”

It was the second straight night Boston’s starter went six innings. The Red Sox also followed up their season-high 12 hits in an 11-4 rout Wednesday with 10 hits Thursday, seven of them for extra bases.

Michael Chavis hit a two-run homer, and Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts had two doubles apiece for the Red Sox, who have five wins in their last seven to improve to 11-15.

Porcello (1-3) struck out five and allowed three runs, six hits and two walks in six innings. It was the fifth start of the season for the 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner, who missed out on a victory in his last start because of a blown save.