Rick Porcello gives up 9 runs, gets just 8 outs

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SEATTLE -- The Red Sox have gotten off to a historic start to begin the 2019 season, and not in a good way.

Rick Porcello became the latest Sox starter to be bludgeoned by the Mariners bats with the righty surrendering nine runs (4 earned) over just 2 2/3 innings Sunday afternoon.

In the four games at T-Mobile Park the Red Sox starting pitchers allowed 22 earned runs over 15 innings (13.20 ERA).

Per Baseball-Reference, the Red Sox are the 12th team since 1908 and first since 2006 to have four straight starts of 5+ runs allowed to open the season.

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Porcello's outing began with a perfect first inning in which he fanned a pair, heading into the second with his team holding a 3-0 lead. But after giving two back in the second, Porcello was driven from the game after getting just two outs in the third. He would be charged with seven runs in an inning which began with J.D. Martinez dropping a routine fly ball in left field.

Not helping matters were the four walks issued by Porcello, equaling the most he had ever given up as a member of the Red Sox.

For a complete box score of the series finale, click here.