BOSTON -- Continuing to make this season a memorable one for themselves, Rick Porcello worked 6 1/3 innings to match a 38-year-old club standard and David Ortiz defied time by clobbering another home run Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox rolled past the San Francisco Giants, 4-0.
Porcello (12-2) limited the Giants to four hits while improving to 9-0 at home and helping the Red Sox close to a half-game back of the division-leading Orioles. He became the first Boston pitcher to earn that distinction since Dennis Eckersley in 1978. Ortiz, who has insisted he'll retire after this season, drilled his 23rd homer of the season, a three-run drive in the fourth inning that padded Boston's 1-0 lead against Giants starter Jake Peavy (5-8).
"I would have loved to play that game without him tonight," said Peavy, who also surrendered a third-inning homer to Brock Holt on an evening when Fenway Park patrons received "Pet Brocks," complete with their own fake grass for landscaping.
The Giants, who have lost four games in a row for the first time since they dropped five straight from April 17-21, advanced only one runner past first base. They actually outhit the Red Sox, 5-4, as Peavy permitted three hits in six innings
"You don't normally go out and feel that good," Peavy said. "Four baserunners and all of them touched home plate."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Papi's longest blast: In the fourth inning with two runners on and nobody out, Ortiz hit his longest home run of the year. The shot off Peavy, a 2013 World Series teammate, traveled 442 feet, leaving the bat at 108 mph, per Statcast™. It was the slugger's 526th career homer and fourth in his last five home games. More »
Slump continues: Little did the Giants know that they generated their offensive highlight for the evening when their first two hitters, Denard Span and Angel Pagan, each singled. Porcello proceeded to strike out the next three batters -- his only strikeouts of the game, all when he needed them most.
Porcello on a roll: The right-handed pitcher won his fourth consecutive start Tuesday, issuing two walks while striking out three. The sinkerballer is one of three Major League pitchers not to have lost any of their first 10 home starts this season.
"He was at his best right after the first couple leadoff base hits," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Great job putting up a zero , with three consecutive strikeouts. Two opportunities for shutout innings, which he converted. As we talked about before the ballgame, very comfortable in this ballpark."
Standing alone: Span, San Francisco's leadoff batter, has collected multiple hits in three of his last five games. With his 2-for-4 performance Tuesday, Span owns a .316 batting average (18-for-57) in 15 career games at Fenway.
Jarrett Parker, who singled in three plate appearances as the Giants' designated hitter, is batting .324 (22-for-68) against right-handers. He could see frequent activity this weekend at DH or in the outfield, since the Yankees are expected to start all righties.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Boston's Mookie Betts was ruled safe at first base on an eighth-inning play, but the Giants challenged the call and were rewarded when a replay review overturned it.
WHAT'S NEXT Giants: San Francisco will look to its leader, Buster Posey, to end the Giants' offensive drought in Wednesday's series finale beginning at 4:10 p.m. PT, when Matt Cain makes his return off the disabled list. Likely to serve as the Giants' designated hitter, Posey can concentrate on his plate appearances, which might not be such a bad thing. He's 6-for-13 with two home runs lifetime against Boston starter Drew Pomeranz.
Red Sox: Pomeranz will make his first start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night since being acquired from the Padres. Pomeranz went 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts with the National League. In seven starts vs. the Giants, the southpaw has gone 1-4 with a 4.54 ERA while amassing 32 strikeouts.