Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), FSN Ohio (Cincinnati)PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox RH Rick Porcello (10-17, 4.46 ERA) vs. Reds RH Sal Romano (5-6, 4.07)
Porcello answered his recent 1-3 stretch with a sterling outing on Saturday, allowing an unearned run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings of a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner has kept the ball in the park in each of his last two outings after surrendering three homers in his previous tilt and 35 overall this season. Porcello has limited experience against the current roster of the Reds, with Joey Votto going 3-for-3 with a homer.
Romano improved to 3-1 in his last six outings on Saturday after scattering five hits and striking out six in a career-high eight scoreless innings of a 2-1 victory versus Pittsburgh. The 23-year-old rookie settled down after a 38-pitch first inning to subdue the Pirates. “I felt like I got into a good rhythm,” Romano said. “Good fastball command. I through my curveball for strikes. Changeup has been good for me.”
1. Boston LF Andrew Benintendi, who grew up in nearby Madeira, Ohio, has 18 hits, 12 RBIs and nine runs scored in his last 11 games.
2. Votto has hit safely in three straight contests and nine of his last 10.
3. Farrell could receive a closer look at his son, RHP Luke Farrell, who has made four relief appearances for the Reds since being called up from the minors.