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BOSTON — Finally, the Red Sox’s offense came to the aid of Rick Porcello.

Boston’s bats got off to a quick start against the fledgling White Sox on Thursday night, posting seven runs in the first two innings to propel the Red Sox to a 9-5 victory in the series opener at Fenway Park.
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Porcello (5-14, 4.70 ERA) earned his first win since June 23, however, the right-hander didn’t make it an easy night for himself. The reigning American League Cy Young winner gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings. In the third, Porcello gave up his career-high 26th home run of the season to Nicky Delmonico, who hit a three-run shot for his first big league dinger.
Delmonico’s first career homer
Delmonico’s first career homer
Nicky Delmonico hammers a three-run home run to right field in the top of the 3rd inning, the first of his Major League career
Luckily for Porcello, Boston’s bats was firing on all cylinders, amassing 15 hits. The offense seems to be hitting the groove that fans have been expecting all summer, scoring six or more runs in four of the past five games. Every starting position player had at least one hit and eight players scored at least one run.
Rafael Devers’ impressive first homestand at Fenway Park continued, with the 20-year-old hitting an opposite-field two-run shot over the Green Monster in his first at-bat. Mookie Betts followed that blast the next inning, sending a two-run moonshot onto Landsdowne Street in the second.
Betts’ two-run home run
Betts’ two-run home run
Mookie Betts launches a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the 2nd inning, increasing the lead to 6-2
Miguel Gonzalez (5-10, 5.15 ERA), who has been kryptonite to the Red Sox, had a performance he’d like to quickly forget. The right-hander gave up seven earned runs and two home runs in just 1 2/3 innings.
For the White Sox, the loss was their 20th in their past 24 games.
In his first appearance at Fenway since being traded over the offseason, White Sox top prospect and second baseman Yoan Moncada went 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in his return from a collision Monday.
Moncada’s smooth running throw
Moncada’s smooth running throw
Yoan Moncada charges a slow-hit ball off the bat of Christian Vazquez, then makes a running throw across his body to get the out
Devers delivers, Moncada watches: In the first, Boston’s new golden boy made a statement in front of the man who once held that moniker. Devers, the Red Sox’s No. 1 prospect, hit his third homer of the season to extend the Red Sox’s lead to 4-0. As he rounded first base, Devers trotted past Moncada, the Red Sox’s former No. 1 prospect, who was included in the Chris Sale trade in the offseason. According to Statcastâ„¢, the shot went 357 feet and was hit with an exit velocity of 97.8 mph.
Porcello gets his revenge, saves run: With two outs in the fifth and a man on third base, Porcello faced a batter in Delmonico who had bested him earlier in the evening. With the score at 7-5, Porcello had to leave no room for error to keep himself in line for the win. In the culmination of an eight-pitch at-bat, the right-hander fooled Delmonico with a four-seam fastball for a called third strike.
Porcello freezes Delmonico
Porcello freezes Delmonico
Rick Porcello catches Nicky Delmonico looking to end the top of the 5th inning, stranding a runner on third base
With his homer, Devers became the fourth Red Sox player since 1900 to hit three home runs in his first eight games. The last to do it was Mo Vaughn in 1991.
White Sox: On Friday at 6:10 p.m. CT at Fenway, Carlos Rodon (1-4, 5.23 ERA) makes his seventh start of the season since returning from the 60-day disabled list. The southpaw has fanned 20 over his past two starts against the Cubs and the Indians, but did not pick up a victory in either game.
Red Sox: Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 4.16 ERA) will try for his first win since coming off the disabled list in mid-July when he takes the Fenway mound Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Rodriguez has a 6.75 ERA in his three starts since his return.