Porcello 8 Ks, Betts 13th homer in Red Sox 5-1 win at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rick Porcello went on to win 22 games and the AL Cy Young Award the last time he started a season 5-0 - like he now has again this year.

''Two years ago was a long time ago now it feels like, so it's hard to compare,'' Porcello said. ''We're doing some things differently than even we did two years ago, so I haven't really thought about what I was doing then. I know what I'm doing now, and want to keep that going.''

Porcello struck out eight in six innings and allowed only three hits while matching the AL lead with his fifth win, and the Red Sox hit four solo homers off 44-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon in a 5-1 victory Friday night at Texas.

Rafael Devers, at 21 less than half Colon's age, homered twice. Mookie Betts' MLB-best 13th homer was his fifth in three games, and J.D. Martinez also went deep for the Red Sox.

''It's cool. I'm just trying to do what I can to win games,'' Betts said. ''We had some guys swinging the bat today for sure. It's fun.''

At 23-9, the Red Sox have the best record in the majors.

After winning his first four starts this season, Porcello (5-0) was coming off consecutive no-decisions in which he went at least seven innings both times. The right-hander has won seven consecutive decisions going back to last season.

''Mixing up pitches, location up and down, changeups in, changeups away, cutters, breaking balls, the usual,'' manager Alex Cora said.

Nomar Mazara homered in his fourth consecutive game for Texas, a career-best streak for the 23-year-old slugger who has seven homers this season. That was the lone run, and one of only three hits off Porcello. Mazara also had a double.

Colon struck out four without a walk in seven innings with the only runs coming on the four homers. He threw 91 pitches, with only 22 balls while facing 26 batters.

''It's always going to happen to me because all the players, every team, they know I throw strikes and they want to be aggressive,'' Colon said through an interpreter. ''I always have to give credit to the hitters because they know that I'm aggressive.''

The portly right-hander, who turns 45 on May 24, has 241 career wins, two short of matching Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic.

''No three-ball counts. Very efficient with his pitches,'' manager Jeff Banister said. ''Thought he had a good mix tonight, good movement on the fastball. ... Obviously, the four solo shots that we gave up did the damage.''

Martinez led off the second with a towering flyball that ricocheted off the top of the 14-foot wall in left and into the seats. Devers broke a 1-1 tie leading off the fifth, and homered again in the seventh.

Betts put Boston up 3-1 with his leadoff shot in the sixth. He has gone deep in each of the first two games at Texas after his three-homer game Wednesday at Fenway Park against Kansas City. It is the first time he has homered in three consecutive games.

''Mookie, it's been incredible,'' Porcello said. ''Definitley glad he's on our side.''

THREE FOR RICK

The Red Sox have won 26 consecutive games when scoring at least three runs for Porcello, a streak that dates back to 2016. In his last 37 starts receiving that much run support, Porcello is 31-0; the Red Sox are 36-1.

SHORT HOPS

Rangers leadoff hitter Delino DeShields had two hits, extending his hitting streak to a career-best eight games. It's the longest by a Texas player this season. ... Right-handed starters are 1-14 with 7.49 ERA in 25 starts against Boston this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Brock Holt (left hamstring) will remain with the team through the weekend before a short rehab stint. He has been on the disabled list since April 27.

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor, out since April 10 because of a left hamstring, is set to start a rehab assignment Saturday at Double-A Frisco. He will be the DH in his first game for the RoughRiders.

UP NEXT

A fresh start for Rangers lefty Cole Hamels (1-4), who had four losses by the end of April for the first time in his career. The Red Sox counter in the third game of the four-game series with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0), who is expected to return from the family medical leave list without missing a start.

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  • W: R. Porcello (5-0)L: B. Colon (1-1)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (7), M. Betts (13), R. Devers 2 (6), TEX - N. Mazara (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41111002.365.443.8561.2986.0
A. Benintendi LF40000012.239.336.376.712-0.5
H. Ramirez 1B40110000.298.372.439.8113.0
J. Martinez DH41111021.342.388.598.9865.0
X. Bogaerts SS40000010.343.375.612.987-0.5
R. Devers 3B42322010.276.326.488.81412.5
E. Nunez 2B40000011.234.267.378.646-0.5
J. Bradley CF40100011.183.265.279.5440.5
S. Leon C21000101.111.158.111.2692.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF40200010.293.339.397.7351.5
    S. Choo DH30000112.252.340.427.7670.5
    J. Profar SS40000012.233.337.367.703-0.5
    N. Mazara RF41211011.291.338.504.8427.5
    J. Gallo LF30000011.214.298.484.782-0.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30000001.266.310.392.7020.0
    R. Guzman 1B30000031.200.241.364.605-1.5
    R. Chirinos C30000020.191.270.461.731-1.0
    D. Robinson 2B30000020.175.258.238.496-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Ramirez (7)
      • HR - M. Betts (13), J. Martinez (7), R. Devers 2 (6)
      • RBI - M. Betts (26), H. Ramirez (18), J. Martinez (25), R. Devers 2 (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez (8)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Mazara (6)
      • HR - N. Mazara (7)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (15)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 5-0)6.03111812.140.8227.0
      J. Kelly (H, 3)1.00000102.630.803.5
      M. Barnes1.00000202.701.054.0
      B. Poyner1.01000102.251.252.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 5-0)6.0
      J. Kelly (H, 3)1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      B. Poyner1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Colon (L, 1-1)7.05440443.290.839.0
      J. Diekman1.01111104.761.760.5
      J. Chavez1.01000205.681.633.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Colon (L, 1-1)7.0
      J. Diekman1.0
      J. Chavez1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 96-61, J. Kelly 16-8, M. Barnes 12-8, B. Poyner 22-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-5, M. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 21, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 3, B. Poyner 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 91-69, J. Diekman 23-12, J. Chavez 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 9-8, J. Chavez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Colon 26, J. Diekman 5, J. Chavez 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF41111002.365.443.8561.2986.0
      A. Benintendi LF40000012.239.336.376.712-0.5
      H. Ramirez 1B40110000.298.372.439.8113.0
      J. Martinez DH41111021.342.388.598.9865.0
      X. Bogaerts SS40000010.343.375.612.987-0.5
      R. Devers 3B42322010.276.326.488.81412.5
      E. Nunez 2B40000011.234.267.378.646-0.5
      J. Bradley CF40100011.183.265.279.5440.5
      S. Leon C21000101.111.158.111.2692.0
      Total345754178-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. DeShields CF40200010.293.339.397.7351.5
        S. Choo DH30000112.252.340.427.7670.5
        J. Profar SS40000012.233.337.367.703-0.5
        N. Mazara RF41211011.291.338.504.8427.5
        J. Gallo LF30000011.214.298.484.782-0.5
        I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30000001.266.310.392.7020.0
        R. Guzman 1B30000031.200.241.364.605-1.5
        R. Chirinos C30000020.191.270.461.731-1.0
        D. Robinson 2B30000020.175.258.238.496-1.0
        Total3014111128-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - H. Ramirez (7)
          • HR - M. Betts (13), J. Martinez (7), R. Devers 2 (6)
          • RBI - M. Betts (26), H. Ramirez (18), J. Martinez (25), R. Devers 2 (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez (8)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Mazara (6)
          • HR - N. Mazara (7)
          • RBI - N. Mazara (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (15)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (W, 5-0)6.03111812.140.8227.0
          J. Kelly (H, 3)1.00000102.630.803.5
          M. Barnes1.00000202.701.054.0
          B. Poyner1.01000102.251.252.5
          Total9.04111121---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (W, 5-0)6.0
          J. Kelly (H, 3)1.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          B. Poyner1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Colon (L, 1-1)7.05440443.290.839.0
          J. Diekman1.01111104.761.760.5
          J. Chavez1.01000205.681.633.0
          Total9.0755174---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Colon (L, 1-1)7.0
          J. Diekman1.0
          J. Chavez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 96-61, J. Kelly 16-8, M. Barnes 12-8, B. Poyner 22-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-5, M. Barnes 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 21, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 3, B. Poyner 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 91-69, J. Diekman 23-12, J. Chavez 16-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 9-8, J. Chavez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Colon 26, J. Diekman 5, J. Chavez 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Ramirez doubled to deep center, Leon scored51
          • 7TH INNING
            Devers homered to right center41
          • 6TH INNING
            Betts homered to left31
          • 5TH INNING
            Devers homered to right21
          • 4TH INNING
            Mazara homered to center11
          • 2ND INNING
            Martinez homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Jake Diekman
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Devers singled to center
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Bobby Poyner relieved Matt Barnes
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields reached on bunt single to second
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Choo lined out to left
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Profar flied out to shallow right
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jake Diekman relieved Bartolo Colon
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon walked
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to deep right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi popped out to first
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep center, Leon scored
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Chirinos struck out on foul tip
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Robinson grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts flied out to right
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Devers homered to right center
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez lined out to left
            • J. Bradley: Bradley lined out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Kelly relieved Rick Porcello
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara lined out to center
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa lined out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Betts homered to left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • D. Robinson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Robinson struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Profar flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Devers homered to right
            • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to first
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Leon grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to third
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Martinez lined out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mazara homered to center
            • J. Gallo: Gallo flied out to deep center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley singled to right center
            • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Leon lined out to right
            • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Betts grounded out to third, Bradley to second
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeShields lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez homered to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mazara doubled to right
            • J. Gallo: Gallo grounded out to second, Mazara to third
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Foul, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to third
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to center
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, DeShields singled to left center
            • S. Choo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Choo grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, DeShields out at second
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar lined out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)