Porcello struggles early as Red Sox lose to White Sox, 9-2


BOSTON - Just when it seemed like Rick Porcello had figured a few things out, he regressed in a big way Wednesday night.

Following up on what was arguably his best start of the season last Friday night, Porcello gave up two runs in the first inning, three more in the second and another in the third before being lifted before an out could be recorded as the Red Sox dropped their third straight, 9-2 to the streaking Chicago White Sox.

Chicago has scored 28 runs in the first three games of the series, pounding out 46 hits in the process. Of those 46 hits, 26 have gone for extra bases.

Porcello was pasted for 10 hits in two-plus innings as the Red Sox lost for the 12th time in 14 tries since the All-Star break. The White Sox, meanwhile, have won seven in a row.

Porcello has won once since May 16 and his ERA is 5.81 for the season.

Craig Breslow gave the Red Sox three hitless innings, but the White Sox jumped on Tommy Layne for two more in the seventh and added another against Alexi Ogando in the eighth.

The Red Sox couldn't generate much of anything against starter Jose Quintana. Mike Napoli was responsible for both Red Sox runs, doubling home Xander Bogaerts in the fourth and homering into the Monster Seats in the seventh.

Pablo Sandoval left the game in the top of the sixth inning because of dehydration.

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