Porcello struck out the first five batters he faced and didn't allowed a base runner until Caleb Joseph's one out walk in the third inning.
The game was scoreless until Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning. The Red Sox went ahead 4-2 in the top of the fifth before Everth Cabrera had an RBI single off Porcello in the bottom of the fifth.
Porcello was lifted after allowing a Chris Davis walk and Delmon Young single to open the seventh inning. Davis would eventually score to tie the game and take away the win from Porcello, who is 1-2 through four starts.
The right-hander will be back on the mound Wednesday vs. Toronto.
In an effort to lessen his pitch count to allow him to pitch deeper into games,
"Everything at any given point has felt good or felt inconsistent," Porcello said. "I think the most important thing is to get back to strike one, going from there. I've been trying to do a lot of different things. I just need to get back to basics and keep the ball down."
Porcello allowed eight runs to the Orioles in his last start and he is set to start Friday's game at Baltimore.
Manager John Farrell said he would like to see the pitching staff rely more on their strengths.
"It's back to the basics of pitching," Farrell said."This isn't about coming in with a new pitch, or identifying a certain sequence or a certain hitter in a lineup. It's about going out and pitching to your capabilities."
"I just didn't execute pitches. I made a lot of mistakes and they hit pretty much every one of them," Porcello said to MLB.com. "I left a lot of fastballs over the plate.
Porcello struggled from the start, allowing a two-run home run to Adam Jones in the first inning. Then he allowed a solo shot to Ryan Flaherty in the second before settling in.
"I thought early on, a 1-0 sinker or a 0-1 sinker that didn’t have the finish to [Adam] Jones for the two-run dinger," manger John Farrell said to WEEI.com. "There ended up being some pitches left up in the strike zone. He had to fight back in the count at times. Left-handers took some good swings against him."
But things unraveled in the fifth when Porcello allowed three of the first four hitters to reach base safely before Travis Snider singled home a run with the bases loaded. Then Manny Machado dropped a sacrifice fly to extend Baltimore's lead.
Porcello, now 1-2, boasts a 6.63 ERA and will look to get back on track Friday against the Orioles again.
Porcello pitched four scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the fifth. He gave up a run each in the seventh and eighth before being replaced by Junichi Tazawa in the ninth.
Porcello struck out six batters and walked one. He gave up solo home runs to Ryan Zimmerman (fifth inning) and Danny Espinosa (eighth inning). Porcello was credited with the win and is now 1-1 for the season. Through two games, he holds a 3.86 ERA.
"He went out and established his fastball early on," Red Sox manager John Farrell said to MLB.com. "We know we're going up against a very aggressive-swinging team, so you can make some quality pitches early in the count, hopefully get some quick outs. That seemed to be the case. They're dangerous, obviously. If you leave some pitches in the middle of the plate, they can drive the ball out of the ballpark, which happened on a couple of occasions."
Porcello's next start is expected to take place on Sunday against the Orioles.
Porcello made it through the first five innings unscathed, allowing just three hits. But in the sixth, Porcello walked one and gave up a single before surrendering a three-run homer to Jeff Francoeur to left center. He finished with four strikeouts in the game and a 4.50 ERA.
Porcello will look to bounce back Monday against the Nationals.
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