Bradley's grabs help Red Sox top O's 6-4; Davis now 0 for 54

BOSTON (AP) Jackie Bradley Jr. showed just how much of Fenway Park's expansive center field he can cover with a pair of catches that helped the World Series champion Boston Red Sox put together their first winning streak of the season.

Bradley sprinted to make a diving catch early, then the Gold Glover shut down an eighth-inning threat by climbing high up the wall for a leaping grab that saved at least one run from scoring as the Red Sox held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Friday night.

''That's why he is the best center fielder in the big leagues,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''Regardless of what's going on at the plate, we know - we trust the guy - he'll find it.''

Bradley also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and was a key to Boston's victory despite not having a hit.

''You have to. Not doing it on one side of the ball, you've got to do it on the other,'' Bradley said. ''Either way, you've got to do your job.''

Andrew Benintendi homered and Xander Bogaerts had three hits, helping Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) and the Red Sox improve to 5-9 with their third win in four games.

''We're going to be fine. We just have to play better baseball,'' Cora said. ''On a nightly basis, we feel very comfortable. People go through slumps. Maybe we went through ours already.''

STILL HITLESS

Baltimore's Chris Davis initially had the night off as he rode an 0 for 53 slump into the game. Called upon as a pinch-hitter with two out in the ninth, Davis ended the game with a liner to second, extending his record hitless streak for a position player to 0 for 54.

Davis is far from the only Baltimore player to struggle at the plate this season and Friday. The Orioles had just four hits and struck out 12 times.

''It's a sign of a team with a lot of high character that's able to battle back against some good pitching and make it close there at the end,'' manager Brandon Hyde said. ''I was just really happy after getting really shut down the first 5-6 to be able to put some base runners out there.''

OFF THE WALL

Bradley made a diving grab in the fourth on a sinking liner, then topped that in the eighth when the Orioles were threatening with a man on while trailing by two runs.

Joey Rickard hit a drive deep to center that appeared to be headed for a bounce high off the wall until Bradley did a little climbing. Bradley planted his right foot in the padding of the and pushed himself just high enough to make the catch.

''Just an all right play,'' Bradley said when asked where he would rank that catch.

The catch helped preserve a 4-2 lead and Boston tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, one on a sacrifice fly by Bradley.

STRONG START

Rodriguez (1-2) kept the Orioles hitless through four and taking a shutout into the seventh. He allowed two runs on three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He was pulled after Dwight Smith Jr. hit a two-run homer to pull the Orioles within 3-2.

David Hess (1-2) gave up three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Orioles, who lost their fourth straight.

''There's frustration because we're a bunch of guys that want to win. We've really stuck together well from what I can tell and as a group we've really come together and picked each other up,'' Hess said. ''That's a team that won the World Series last year and a big part of that was their offense. It is a really good lineup.''

Benintendi's first homer of the season put Boston up 1-0 in the third. Eduardo Nunez had a pair of RBI singles for the Red Sox.

Renato Nunez hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Tyler Thornburg, who started the inning by walking Trey Mancini. Ryan Brasier came in later to post his third save, getting Davis to end it with a soft liner to second.

Baltimore didn't have a hit against Rodriguez until Hanser Alberto lined a two-out single to left in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: C Pedro Severino had the night off after getting hit in the head Thursday night by a curveball thrown by Oakland's J.B. Wendelken in the seventh inning. Hyde said Severino cleared concussion tests but the Orioles wanted to give him another day.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup after playing his first two games of the season this week. Pedroia, who played in only three games last year because of a knee injury, made his season debut Tuesday and started in Thursday night's win over Toronto. Cora said RHP Hector Velazquez is scheduled to start Monday's series finale for Chris Sale, who is off to an 0-3 start with an ERA of 9.00. Cora said he wanted to give Sale some extra rest and have him available to start Tuesday night when the Red Sox open a two-game set at the New York Yankees.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (2-1, 5.28 ERA) gets his first start since picking up a win over Oakland on Monday, helping Baltimore end a four-game skid.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (0-2, 13.50) is still looking for his first win of the season after losing his first two starts. Porcello went 2-0 against the Orioles last season, but is 6-11 against Baltimore in his career.

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (1-2)L: D. Hess (1-2)S: R. Brasier (3)
  • HR: BAL - R. Nunez (2), D. Smith (2), BOS - A. Benintendi (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar 2B-SS30000101.288.311.508.8201.0
J. Rickard RF40000021.189.286.351.637-1.0
T. Mancini 1B32100120.333.383.7221.1064.0
R. Nunez DH41121011.250.313.409.7226.5
D. Smith LF41121010.278.304.444.7486.5
H. Alberto 3B-2B40100010.333.355.367.7220.5
J. Sucre C30000022.206.250.235.485-1.0
b- C. Davis PH10000000.000.132.000.1320.0
R. Martin SS20000010.147.237.206.443-0.5
a- R. Ruiz PH-3B10000010.189.295.324.620-0.5
C. Mullins CF30000010.114.238.229.467-0.5
HITTERSAB
J. Villar 2B-SS3
J. Rickard RF4
T. Mancini 1B3
R. Nunez DH4
D. Smith LF4
H. Alberto 3B-2B4
J. Sucre C3
b- C. Davis PH1
R. Martin SS2
a- R. Ruiz PH-3B1
C. Mullins CF3
  • a-struck out for Martin in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Sucre in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF41211000.278.333.407.7417.0
M. Betts RF30000100.226.323.453.7753.0
M. Moreland 1B41200022.295.367.7501.1173.0
J. Martinez DH41100002.321.400.547.9473.0
X. Bogaerts SS42310000.311.436.489.9257.0
R. Devers 3B30000012.255.333.314.647-0.5
E. Nunez 2B40220010.206.206.235.4413.5
J. Bradley CF30010001.149.196.170.3661.0
C. Vazquez C41100001.194.242.355.5972.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Mancini (3)
    • HR - R. Nunez (2), D. Smith (2)
    • RBI - R. Nunez 2 (7), D. Smith 2 (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Smith 2 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Moreland (5), J. Martinez (3), X. Bogaerts (5)
    • HR - A. Benintendi
    • SF - J. Bradley
    • SH - R. Devers
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (6), X. Bogaerts (4), E. Nunez 2 (5), J. Bradley (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (4), E. Nunez (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland 2 (4), J. Martinez (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Betts
    FIELDING
    • E - X. Bogaerts
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Hess (L, 1-2)5.26330313.320.892.5
    P. Fry1.02110002.701.050.0
    E. Phillips1.03221104.501.50-2.5
    M. Wright0.100000012.152.550.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Hess (L, 1-2)5.2
    P. Fry1.0
    E. Phillips1.0
    M. Wright0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (W, 1-2)6.23220817.981.7027.0
    M. Barnes (H, 2)0.10000201.690.381.0
    B. Workman (H, 1)1.00001200.000.633.0
    T. Thornburg0.11221015.681.11-4.0
    R. Brasier (S, 3)0.20000001.350.757.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (W, 1-2)6.2
    M. Barnes (H, 2)0.1
    B. Workman (H, 1)1.0
    T. Thornburg0.1
    R. Brasier (S, 3)0.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hess 81-49, P. Fry 21-11, E. Phillips 22-15, M. Wright 5-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hess 5-7, P. Fry 3-0, E. Phillips 3-1, M. Wright 0-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Hess 23, P. Fry 5, E. Phillips 7, M. Wright
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 93-62, M. Barnes 12-9, B. Workman 14-9, T. Thornburg 12-6, R. Brasier 8-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 10-3, B. Workman 0-1, T. Thornburg 0-1, R. Brasier 1-0
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 23, M. Barnes 2, B. Workman 4, T. Thornburg 3, R. Brasier 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BAL5-9
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    BOS5-9
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Villar 2B-SS30000101.288.311.508.8201.0
    J. Rickard RF40000021.189.286.351.637-1.0
    T. Mancini 1B32100120.333.383.7221.1064.0
    R. Nunez DH41121011.250.313.409.7226.5
    D. Smith LF41121010.278.304.444.7486.5
    H. Alberto 3B-2B40100010.333.355.367.7220.5
    J. Sucre C30000022.206.250.235.485-1.0
    b- C. Davis PH10000000.000.132.000.1320.0
    R. Martin SS20000010.147.237.206.443-0.5
    a- R. Ruiz PH-3B10000010.189.295.324.620-0.5
    C. Mullins CF30000010.114.238.229.467-0.5
    Total3244422125-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Villar 2B-SS3
    J. Rickard RF4
    T. Mancini 1B3
    R. Nunez DH4
    D. Smith LF4
    H. Alberto 3B-2B4
    J. Sucre C3
    b- C. Davis PH1
    R. Martin SS2
    a- R. Ruiz PH-3B1
    C. Mullins CF3
    Total32
    • a-struck out for Martin in the 8th
    • b-lined out for Sucre in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF41211000.278.333.407.7417.0
    M. Betts RF30000100.226.323.453.7753.0
    M. Moreland 1B41200022.295.367.7501.1173.0
    J. Martinez DH41100002.321.400.547.9473.0
    X. Bogaerts SS42310000.311.436.489.9257.0
    R. Devers 3B30000012.255.333.314.647-0.5
    E. Nunez 2B40220010.206.206.235.4413.5
    J. Bradley CF30010001.149.196.170.3661.0
    C. Vazquez C41100001.194.242.355.5972.0
    Total3361151148-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Mancini (3)
      • HR - R. Nunez (2), D. Smith (2)
      • RBI - R. Nunez 2 (7), D. Smith 2 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Smith 2 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moreland (5), J. Martinez (3), X. Bogaerts (5)
      • HR - A. Benintendi
      • SF - J. Bradley
      • SH - R. Devers
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (6), X. Bogaerts (4), E. Nunez 2 (5), J. Bradley (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (4), E. Nunez (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland 2 (4), J. Martinez (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts
      FIELDING
      • E - X. Bogaerts
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Hess (L, 1-2)5.26330313.320.892.5
      P. Fry1.02110002.701.050.0
      E. Phillips1.03221104.501.50-2.5
      M. Wright0.100000012.152.550.0
      Total8.01166141---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Hess (L, 1-2)5.2
      P. Fry1.0
      E. Phillips1.0
      M. Wright0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 1-2)6.23220817.981.7027.0
      M. Barnes (H, 2)0.10000201.690.381.0
      B. Workman (H, 1)1.00001200.000.633.0
      T. Thornburg0.11221015.681.11-4.0
      R. Brasier (S, 3)0.20000001.350.757.0
      Total9.04442122---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 1-2)6.2
      M. Barnes (H, 2)0.1
      B. Workman (H, 1)1.0
      T. Thornburg0.1
      R. Brasier (S, 3)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hess 81-49, P. Fry 21-11, E. Phillips 22-15, M. Wright 5-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hess 5-7, P. Fry 3-0, E. Phillips 3-1, M. Wright 0-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Hess 23, P. Fry 5, E. Phillips 7, M. Wright
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 93-62, M. Barnes 12-9, B. Workman 14-9, T. Thornburg 12-6, R. Brasier 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 10-3, B. Workman 0-1, T. Thornburg 0-1, R. Brasier 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 23, M. Barnes 2, B. Workman 4, T. Thornburg 3, R. Brasier 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Nunez homered to left center, Mancini scored46
      • 8TH INNING
        Bradley hit sacrifice fly to left, Bogaerts scored26
        Nunez reached on an infield single to pitcher, Martinez scored, Bogaerts to third25
      • 7TH INNING
        Vazquez scored, Benintendi to third on wild pitch24
        Smith homered to right, Mancini scored23
      • 4TH INNING
        Nunez singled to deep left, Bogaerts scored03
        Bogaerts doubled to left center, Moreland scored02
      • 3RD INNING
        Benintendi homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Brandon Workman
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mancini walked
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez homered to left center, Mancini scored
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith lined out to shortstop
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Tyler Thornburg
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • Chris Davis hit for Jesus Sucre
        • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis lined out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brandon Workman relieved Matt Barnes
        • Rio Ruiz hit for Richie Martin
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ruiz struck out looking
        • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Villar walked
        • J. Rickard: Rickard flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Phillips Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Martinez doubled to left center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Devers hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Martinez to third, Bogaerts to second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez reached on an infield single to pitcher, Martinez scored, Bogaerts to third
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Bradley hit sacrifice fly to left, Bogaerts scored
        • Mike Wright relieved Evan Phillips
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Rickard grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Mancini: Mancini doubled to deep right
        • R. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smith homered to right, Mancini scored
        • Matt Barnes relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • H. Alberto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Alberto struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Sucre struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Fry Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nunez lined out to left
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez singled to center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Vazquez to second on wild pitch, Ball, Benintendi singled to right, Vazquez to third, Benintendi to second
        • Evan Phillips relieved Paul Fry
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Vazquez scored, Benintendi to third on wild pitch, Ball, Betts walked
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Betts stole second, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mullins safe at first on shortstop Bogaerts fielding error
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Villar grounded out to shortstop, Mullins out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts singled to deep right center
        • Paul Fry relieved David Hess
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Devers grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nunez grounded out to third
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Alberto singled to left
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sucre flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez grounded out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Villar lined out to center
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland singled to right center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez lined out to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to left center, Moreland scored
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to deep left, Bogaerts scored
        • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bradley flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sucre struck out looking
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Martin grounded out to second
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mullins grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley grounded out to first
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi homered to left center
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez flied out to center
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Alberto: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alberto grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to first
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Villar grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Benintendi popped out to third
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep right
        • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)