LoMo, Rays swing big sticks in win vs. Sox

LoMo, Rays swing big sticks in win vs. Sox

BOSTON -- The Rays, smarting after coming off a sweep in New York by the Yankees, came out swinging at Fenway Park and belted the Red Sox, 10-5, in Friday night's opener of a four-game series.

Tampa Bay's attack included four home runs against Rick Porcello, last season's American League Cy Young Award winner. Logan Morrison's grand slam in the top of the third was the centerpiece of the attack, putting the Rays out to a 6-0 lead. Shane Peterson, Brad Miller and Steven Souza Jr. also went deep.

"We were frustrated, obviously, losing three in a row, but it's early, we bounced back and I was really excited to see the way we bounced back," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I was excited the way that [starter Chris Archer] went out and set the tone for us and the offense was just pretty impressive, top to bottom."

Archer rode all that offense to his third consecutive strong performance to start the season, holding the Red Sox to six hits and a run over 5 2/3 innings. The righty is 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA.

Mookie Betts highlighted a losing effort by the Red Sox by going 4-for-5 with a double.

Betts' RBI single

Porcello's streak of 43 regular-season starts of at least five innings came to an end, as the righty gave up eight hits and eight runs over 4 1/3 innings. The four home runs allowed were a career high for Porcello, who is 1-1 with a 7.56 ERA.

"It's just making pitches," Porcello said. "That's it. I've been in this situation before. Everybody gets roughed up a little bit. Just take a deep breath, slow the game down, make some pitches."

The Red Sox scored three in the ninth against reliever Austin Pruitt, before Rays manager Kevin Cash called on closer Alex Colome to get the final two outs.

LoMo's slam:
The grand slam by Morrison -- the first of his career -- also served as an illustration of just how off Porcello was. The 2-0 changeup was belt-high, and smack in the middle of the plate. Morrison hammered it with an exit velocity of 106.4 mph, and it traveled an estimated distance of 424 feet, according to Statcast™.

Morrison's grand slam

"It took a while," Morrison said of his first grand slam. "Hopefully that just opens the flood-gates now. We won the game, I hit a homer, that was cool. There just happened to be people on base."

Archer wins battle with Sandoval: Holding a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning, Archer suddenly faced a tough situation with the bases loaded and two outs and Pablo Sandoval at the plate. The two engaged in a compelling, eight-pitch battle, with Archer winning out when he induced Sandoval into a grounder to second to end the threat. That missed opportunity haunted the Red Sox even more when the Rays belted two more homers in the top of the fifth.

Archer escapes bases-loaded jam

"It was a battle, for sure," Archer said. "I just had to dig deep and execute a pitch. We had a six-run lead at the time, so even if the worst-case-possible situation happened, then we're still ahead a few runs. So, I just focused on executing the pitch."

"The guys were all pumped for him. He's a pretty quiet guy. We got to know him enough in spring training, but when he came to the dugout he couldn't knock the smile off his face, so that was pretty cool." -- Cash, on Peterson's first-inning home run, which came in his first at-bat since his promotion from Triple-A Durham earlier in the day

Peterson's two-run homer

The grand slam allowed by Porcello was just the second of his career. The other was hit by Mike Trout on April 20, 2013. Friday's outing snapped Porcello's streak of 15 quality starts dating back to July 29, 2016, which was the longest active streak in the Majors. The only Red Sox pitcher in the past 100 years to have a longer streak was Pedro Martinez, who had 21 quality starts from Aug. 19, 1999, to June 20, 2000.

Given how far they were behind, Red Sox manager John Farrell needed to exhaust all opportunities to come back. So after Hanley Ramirez was tagged out trying to advance to second after a single, Farrell issued a challenge. But the call stood when the replay official couldn't definitively tell if Ramirez maintained contact with second base throughout his slide as the tag was applied.

Ramirez's RBI single

Rays: Right-hander Jake Odorizzi had a mixed bag of results in his first two starts, but managed to go six innings and throw more than 100 pitches in both. He allowed two runs on two hits and a walk to earn the win last Sunday versus Toronto. He'll try to add another strong outing on Saturday against the Red Sox in game 2 of the four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.

Red Sox: Lefty ace Chris Sale, who has been dominant in his first two starts for his new team, will oppose Odorizzi on Saturday in search of his first win of the season.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.

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