By TERRY LYONS at Fenway Park
BOSTON – Tampa SP Yonny Chirinos took a perfect game into the sixth inning before he issued a walk to Boston second baseman Brock Holt and a single a batter later to Jackie Bradley Jr. but his strong outing was enough to anchor a 5-1 Tampa Bay win over the Red Sox. Chirinos threw a two-hitter with two base on balls, allowing only four runners on base for the night.
Tampa scored four runs in a combination of the 2nd, 4th and 6th innings to support Chirinos’ quality start. Ji-Man Choi opened up the scoring with his sixth home run of the season, a solo blast in the 2nd inning.
In the 4th, CF Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run single into left field to score both Brandon Lowe and Avisall Garcia who each singled but moved up after a Rick Porcello wild pitch.
Kiermaier also singled-in Garcia in the 6th inning and hit a solo home run in the 9th, his seventh HR of the season. On the night, Kiermaier went 3-for-4 with four RBI.
Chirinos (7-2) pitched 8 innings and struck out six batters while throwing 101 pitches (62 for strikes). Only two Red Sox baserunners reached second and one reached third while two others made it on board to first base (two BBs, two hits). Chirinos gave way to RP Emilio Pagan in the 9th and he allowed a lead-off double to Andrew Benintendi and a two-bagger off the Green Monster by Xander Bogaerts to blow the shutout.
Porcello (4-6) took the loss for Boston after pitching 6.0 innings and allowing four earned runs on eight hits with a walk. He struck out four batters while throwing 100 pitches (68 for strikes).
Hot-hitting Boston third baseman Rafael Devers went 0-for-4 and struck out three times.The top third of the Boston batting order went a combined 1-for-11 with a walk.