The right-hander had failed to make it out of the sixth inning in his previous four outings since rejoining the Rays' rotation after the trade deadline, posting a 6.84 ERA and 6.02 FIP over that span. Andriese appeared to return back into the pitcher we watched in May and early June when he started the season 6-0. He'll look to get another crack at the Red Sox on the road on Monday.
Cole (7-9) allowed five runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked one in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday.
The right-hander just hasn't been himself lately, as he's lost three straight decisions. Over his last 16 innings, Cole has allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 31 hits. Prior to Wednesday, he actually yielded 12 hits in two straight appearances. His triceps injury obviously hurt, but Cole hasn't really been right all year. Lefties are hitting .320 against him, and his swinging-strike rate is down nearly 2.0 percent from last year, resulting in fewer strikeouts. Cole will try to get right in his next appearance Monday against the Cubs.
Porcello surrendered three runs on nine hits while striking out eight over 7.2 innings, but didn't factor in the decision in Wednesday's 4-3 extra-inning loss to Tampa Bay.
The 27-year-old worked his way through the Rays lineup with efficiency -- he didn't walk a single batter and even retired the side in order for two straight frames -- but the righty's shot at grabbing sole possession of a MLB-leading 18th win was derailed in the eighth inning on an untimely Evan Longoria solo home run to tie the game. Porcello threw a career-high 123 pitches against a Rays team he will see again on Monday at home.
Bandy went 4-for-5 with a double, a steal, and a run scored Wednesday.
The four hits in a game are a season-high for Bandy, who has seen just 147 at-bats on the season. With the big night at the dish, Bandy raised his batting line to .279/.325/.490. The steal was Bandy's first in his major league career, so don't expect many more going forward.
Five of the six runs Estrada allowed came in the first couple innings, beginning with back-to-back home runs from two of the game's best power hitters, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. While Estrada settled down somewhat and made it through five innings, the six earned runs mark a season-high for Estrada. The poor outing also comes on the heels of what was his worst outing of the season before Wednesday, in which he allowed three home runs and five earned runs over four innings. In these past two starts, Estrada's ERA has risen from 2.92 to 3.47. Estrada will look to turn things around Monday in a big game against the division-rival Orioles.
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