SEATTLE -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners:
* The long ball hasn't been a problem for Rick Porcello, but it was Wednesday night.
Entering Wednesday's outing, Porcello has given up just 14 homers in 21 starts. More to the point, he had allowed only one homer in his previous seven starts, and none over the last three.
Wednesday's start was a completely different experience. Porcello allowed just four hits all night. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, three left the ballpark.
First, Porcello gave up a mammoth blast to Nelson Cruz to lead off the second.
Then, Mike Zunino, who homered off David Price in the eighth inning Tuesday, connected off Porcello, too. Before Tuesday, Zunino had just three homers all season; against the Sox, he homered in consecutive games.
Finally, Adam Lind went deep, too, taking Porcello out to right.
Porcello allowed just three hits all night. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, all three left the ballpark.
* For the first time this season, David Ortiz looks tired.
Ortiz was 0-for-4 Wednesday night and is now just 3-for-22 on the current road trip.
He did have a sharp double to drive in a run Tuesday, but Ortiz has looked a little slow at the plate.
This week represents an opportunity for Ortiz to rest a bit, since the Sox will play three games without the DH in an interleague series with the Dodgers.
There exists the possibility that Ortiz could fill in at first for the injured Hanley Ramirez, but that would be for one game, maximum.
And he could potentially benefit from sitting out -- other than a pinch-hit appearance -- the other two.
* Andrew Benintendi's first two big league hits represented a good approach.
The Red Sox managed just four hits all night, but one of them was memorable.
With one out in the third inning, Benintendi, who was 0-for-2 as a late-game substitute Tuesday, slapped a line drive the other way against Hisashi Iwakuma for a sharp single to left.
Benintendi has quick hands and is strong for his size, but doesn't project as a power hitter. When he's at his best, he uses the whole field and shows a willingness to take what's thrown to him.
Later, when Iwakuma tried to come in on him, Benintendi was able to turn on the pitch and, despite sawing the bat in half, dropped a soft liner to right.