Rays sting Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays were having a lot of fun with what Shane Peterson did.
Peterson homered in his first big league at-bat since 2015 and Logan Morrison hit a grand slam, two of the career-high four homers allowed by Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello in the Rays' 10-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
"I'm really smart for putting him in the lineup," manager Kevin Cash joked about Peterson. "They were all pumped for him. He's a pretty quiet guy. When he came the dugout, you couldn't knock the smile off his face."
Peterson, called up from Triple-A before the game, hooked a drive around the Pesky Pole in right, making it 2-0 in the second. The 29-year-old last played in the majors on Oct. 4, 2015, with Milwaukee.
"It's awesome. It's a great story of perseverance, grinding it out," Morrison said. "I'm going to fine Cash for making him late to the season."
When Peterson was standing at his locker answering questions, a teammate yelled "Shane Ruth!"
Peterson also had an RBI single.
"I'm sure it'll sink in more later tonight," Peterson said.
Chris Archer (2-0) gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings, ending his 11-game losing streak against the Red Sox. It's the longest skid by anyone versus Boston since Floyd Bannister dropped 11 straight to the Red Sox from 1982-86.
Brad Miller and Steven Souza Jr. also homered for the Rays, who were coming off losing three straight at Yankee Stadium.
Boston's Mitch Moreland had his stretch of hitting a double in consecutive games stopped at seven, one short of the major league record. Mookie Betts had four hits for the Red Sox.
Porcello (1-1) gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, halting the majors' longest active streak of pitching at least six innings at 20 games.
"Mechanically, I'm pretty much the same," he said. "It's just pinpointing the fastball. I'm not locating it well enough to get myself in advantage counts and it's causing me to leave pitches over the plate when I fall behind."
Morrison increased it to 6-0 with his shot deep into the right-field seats in the third.
Miller and Souza Jr. went back-to-back, chasing Porcello in the fifth.