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Rick Porcello threw an immaculate inning against the Rays

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Clarence Duncan | 11 August, 2017, 01:12

Rick Porcello pitched an immaculate fifth inning against the Rays on Wednesday. Eduardo Nunez triggered the rally with a single off the foot of Jake Odorizzi, taking the pitcher out of the game.

There have already been three immaculate innings this month, thrown by Porcello, the Rays' Jose Alvarado (August 4), and the Yankees' Dellin Betances (August 2). Porcello gave up two solo home runs, but got through the inning.

WASHINGTON - Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit his career-high and major league-leading 38th homer of the season and drove in three runs.

The win pushed Boston's AL East lead over the New York Yankees to four games. "He had his best fastball right out of the game and he was able to maintain it".

So while some numbers aren't pretty, others are just as good as ever. Jarrett Parker singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh, one inning before Hunter Pence homered.

On Wednesday, Porcello was cruising through five innings. Coming off his first complete game of the season, the 44-year-old Colon (2-1) scattered five hits and walked one batter while striking out five. David Freese added two hits for the Pirates, and Felipe Rivero worked a ideal ninth for his 10th save. Austin Hedges homered for a 5-0 lead in the sixth.

Jose Bautista homered for the Blue Jays. His dominant eighth gives him 201⁄3 innings this season with 19 strikeouts, three walks and a 1.77 ERA. "To see him come back to the form he was, and maybe even better than the form he was, is awesome".

However, Boston would add two runs in the 8th to cruise to the 8-2 win. After Mookie Betts grounded into a fielder's choice for the out at second, Devers grounded to Pruitt, who tried to turn a 1-6-3 double play but made a wide throw to Adeiny Hechavarria, who could only get the force at second, allowing Pedroia to score.

The Red Sox added an insurance run in the ninth. He shutout the Rays over eight innings, allowing only two hits and a walk. Pittsburgh ended a three-game winning streak and stayed 3 1/2 games off the NL Central lead. However, Wood and the Dodgers trailed 2-1 in the seventh until Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and scored on Yasiel Puig's single.

Houston's recent struggles continued as the AL West leaders absorbed a second straight loss to the last-place White Sox, 7-1. He also picked up the first two RBIs of his big league career on a two-run single in the fourth off Matthew Boyd (5-6).

Freddie Freeman hit a first-inning homer off Eflin, who was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the game and earned his first win of the season.

For one inning on Wednesday night against the Rays, he was as overpowering as you could possibly be. One bad pitch and the Rays are back in the game.

Troy Scribner combined with three relievers on a four-hitter as the Angels stifled the Orioles, 5-1. Bellinger homered in the second and doubled to open a two-run seventh inning.

Joey Gallo's 32nd homer of the season was a two-run blast that gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead in the first inning of a 5-1 win against the Mets.

The Rays are 1-3 in their past four games and have been shut out three times during that span.

BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 2: Josh Donaldson hit two two-run homers, J.A. Happ won his sixth straight decision against the Yankees and Toronto beat NY at Toronto. Asher Wojciechowski blanked San Diego until Manuel Margot and Wil Myers homered in the sixth.

Boston (64-49) got 12 hits. Bruce is hitting.256 with 29 home runs and 75 this season. "It's clicking and we're going to try and ride this wave for as long as we can". Brantley initially feared he tore his Achilles, but an MRI revealed only a minor injury.

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