Bruins top Capitals in comeback fashion, 4-3

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Bruins top Capitals in comeback fashion, 4-3

WASHINGTON, DC The Bruins had to bring their hard hats with them to the nations capital if they were hoping for a good result.

Thats exactly what they got as they battled their way from behind, saw the third and fourth lines step up in a big way, and provide the final blow courtesy of their captain in a 4-3 victory at the Verizon Center in Game 3.

The victory gives the Bruins a 2-1 edge in the series and gives them back home ice advantage after suffering a home loss to the Caps last weekend.

Down 2-1 after Rich Peverley and Alex Ovechkin traded goals to start the second period, Daniel Paille and Brian Rolston stood tall in front of the net to collect rebounds for the tying and go-ahead goals in the final two periods.

That go-ahead goal was the first lead the Bruins have had all series, but it wouldn't last too long. With six minutes to go in the game, the Capitals' Brooks Laich got behind an entire unsuspecting Bruins line along the boards and deked Thomas, tying things up at four.

With that, it looked as if Game 3 would also go into overtime, but Zdeno Chara had other ideas. Skating 4-on-4 with under two minutes remaining, Chara blasted a shot from the right point that found its way into the back of the net.

That was your game, as the B's held off a last-minute Capitals push.

The Bruins tied things up at two when Paille backhanded the rebound of a Greg Zanon shot past a diving Braden Holtby. Rolston fired away from the slot after Caps rookie netminder Braden Holtby couldnt control a Chris Kelly shot. Combine that with Holbys shaky glove hand on Peverleys score to open the second period, and perhaps the fairy tale story is ending for the 22-year-old rookie puck-stopper.

The goal by Rolston arrived after Tim Thomas saved Bostons bacon with a point blank stop on Jay Beagle in the middle of the second period a point when another Washington goal could have been a killer.

Otherwise it was another tight game between the Bruins and Capitals with both teams playing it relatively close to the vest, and Thomas finishing four saves (29 to 25) better than his young counterpart out on the frozen sheet.

Perhaps the biggest difference for both teams: big name Washington players like Ovechkin and Alex Semin have arrived in the series for the Capitals, and many of the Bruins best forwards are still missing in action.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.

 

First impressions: Red Sox bounce back with 8-2 win

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First impressions: Red Sox bounce back with 8-2 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays:

 

Rick Porcello gave the Red Sox everything they needed - except for that fourth inning.

On the current road trip, the Red Sox starters had been knocked around regularly, getting knocked out of the box early. The bullpen was overworked and the offense demoralized from being down early, night after night.

Beyond allowing a two-out double to Evan Longoria, Porcello pitched a virtually incident-free first inning and really wasn't pressured through the first three innings.

In the fourth, his command essentially disappeared, as he issued three walks, the last of which came with the bases loaded, forcing in a run. But with the bases loaded and just one out, Porcello toughened, retiring Logan Forsythe on a flyout to shallow right, then slipping a called third strike past Brad Miller.

The inning took its toll as far as elevating Porcello's pitch count, with 39 pitches needed. That eventually cost him an inning, but he got through six frames and allowed just one run.

All things considered, it was one of the most important starts of the season for a Red Sox pitcher.

 

Even on nights when he's not contributing at the plate, Bryce Brentz helps out with his glove.

Brentz has been a nice surprise at the plate since being called up last week when the Red Sox ran out of left fielders, with seven hits in his first four games.

On Tuesday, he was hitless with three stirkeouts, but he made a terrific sliding catch in the sixth, coming on to make a sliding grab on a sinking liner from Nick Franklin.

Brentz has always been well thought of as a defender in the outfield with a strong arm, and for past week, he's shown that with a number of fine plays in left.

 

There was an obvious sense of urgency to the Red Sox

You could sense it as Hanley Ramirez scored from first on a double by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the fifth. Or the hustle shown by Bradley in the seventh, going first-to-home with a slide to score on a double by Travis Shaw.

You could see it -- and hear it -- when Porcello pitched out of his bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth. Porcello let loose with a primal scream as he got Brad Miller on a called third strike, stranding three baserunners.

It's hard to label a game in late June as a "must win'' but given how the first four games of this road trip have played out, this was close. And the Red Sox responded.