Red Sox get 1st series win, beat Rays 6-5 behind Benintendi

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Perhaps the Boston Red Sox will look back at this weekend as the games that got their title defense back on track.

The World Series champions won a series for the first time this season when Andrew Benintendi hit a grand slam and a tiebreaking ninth-inning sacrifice fly and catcher Christian Vazquez picked off Tommy Pham for the final out in a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

''These are the games that we expect to win, and the last two days we've grinded out at bats and came out on top,'' Benintendi said. ''We'll figure some things out and once we hit our stride, it'll be a lot more fun.''

Boston had lost four of its first six series and split the other two during a 6-13 start, its worst since 1996. The Red Sox beat the AL East-leading Rays 6-4 in Friday's series opener.

Before the game, the Red Sox put right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the disabled list because of loose bodies in his pitching elbow and said it has not been determined whether he will need surgery.

Rick Porcello gave up two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, Matt Barnes (2-0) won after allowing Yandy Diaz's tying home run leading off the eighth, and Ryan Brasier got his fifth save in six chances after getting into trouble.

Daniel Robertson singled leading off and Pham singled with two outs. With Steve Pearce playing off first base, Willy Adames fouled off a pitch, and Vazquez, who had just entered in the middle of the ninth, received the second pitch and fired to first.

''All I'm going to say is I messed up,'' Pham said. ''Just learn from it and never let it happen again. There were some key situations for me, and I didn't come through today. I messed up all around - hitting and on the bases today. I'll make up for it.''

Boston is no stranger to game-ending pickoffs. Koji Uehara picked off Kolten Wong of St. Louis at first base to end Game 4 of the 2013 World Series.

''I saw on the foul ball on the pitch before he a big lead, and I gave the sign to Pearce,'' Vazquez said. ''Why not? If Adames got a hit, it's a tie game. We got the chance, and we did it.''

Boston went ahead in the ninth against Jose Alvarado (0-1) after Jackie Bradley Jr. singled leading off. Michael Chivas, a 23-year-old taken with the 26th overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft, pinch hit in his major league debut and doubled. Benintendi followed with his go-ahead fly.

Chivas spent his first full day with the Red Sox after his delayed flight from Syracuse caused him to arrive in the third inning Friday night.

''I'll be honest, I don't know what today is,'' Chavez said. ''I flew out yesterday at 1; they told me at 11. I literally woke up to three missed phone calls, and I thought I messed something up. They said, `You're going to the big leagues,' and I was like, `No way.'''

Tampa Bay had won its first six series of the season. The Red Sox won consecutive games for just the second time this year.

Benintendi homered off Charlie Morton in a five-run second after Sandy Leon was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Avisail Garcia hit a solo homer in the second, and Brandon Lowe drove in a run in the fourth with one of Tampa Bay's franchise-record four triples. Boston had not allowed four triples in a game since June 9, 1983, against Detroit. Austin Meadows hit a two-run triple in the seventh, and Kevin Kiermaier and Ji-Man Choi also tripled for the Rays - Choi left in the sixth inning because of a tight left calf.

Morton struck out nine while giving up five runs and six hits in six innings.

Boston was looking forward to Sunday's series finale.

''We haven't had a chance to say it all season, but now we've got a chance to sweep somebody,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland left in the third inning due to back spasms. ... INF Brock Holt (scratched cornea) will not be activated this weekend, as originally planned.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (fractured right fourth toe) threw 18 pitches in his first bullpen session and is to throw another bullpen session Monday. Manager Kevin Cash didn't rule out the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner from returning Wednesday or Friday. ... Cash said INF Joey Wendle (strained left hamstring) is ready to be reinstated from the 10-day IL but hasn't been yet because of a need for pitchers on the roster.

UP NEXT

LHP David Price (1-1, 3.79), who won the AL Cy Young Award for the Rays in 2012, starts Sunday for Boston and RHP Tyler Glasnow (4-0) for Tampa Bay, Glasnow has a league-leading 1.13 ERA.

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TB14-7
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  • W: M. Barnes (2-0)L: J. Alvarado (0-1)S: R. Brasier (5)
  • HR: BOS - A. Benintendi (2), TB - A. Garcia (4), Y. Diaz (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF41151010.277.347.462.8089.5
M. Betts RF40200110.231.330.436.7662.5
M. Moreland 1B20000021.250.314.609.924-1.0
S. Pearce 1B30100013.148.179.185.3641.5
J. Martinez DH31100121.351.432.5711.0032.0
X. Bogaerts SS31000113.282.373.451.8241.5
R. Devers 3B40100003.260.341.329.6702.0
J. Bradley CF32100111.148.197.180.3773.5
T. Lin 2B40000024.111.111.111.222-1.0
S. Leon C21010000.000.167.000.1673.0
a- M. Chavis PH101000001.0001.0002.0003.0002.0
C. Vazquez C00000000.224.255.531.7860.0
  • a-doubled for Leon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Meadows RF40120022.351.422.6761.0975.0
T. Pham LF50200014.295.404.410.8151.5
J. Choi 1B21100001.286.387.444.8314.0
W. Adames SS20000011.232.293.333.627-0.5
Y. Diaz 3B-1B41111022.275.393.551.9445.0
B. Lowe 2B40210010.288.338.616.9544.5
A. Garcia DH41111022.304.351.551.9025.0
K. Kiermaier CF41100021.275.320.536.8563.0
D. Robertson SS-3B40100001.164.233.182.4151.0
M. Perez C10100100.250.379.375.7542.0
a- G. Heredia PH01000100.267.421.533.9542.0
N. Ciuffo C10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Perez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Pearce, R. Devers (5), M. Chavis
  • HR - A. Benintendi (2)
  • SF - A. Benintendi (2)
  • RBI - A. Benintendi 5 (11), S. Leon
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 4 (8), S. Leon
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland, S. Pearce 2 (2), X. Bogaerts, R. Devers, J. Bradley
BATTING
  • 3B - A. Meadows, J. Choi, B. Lowe, K. Kiermaier (3)
  • HR - Y. Diaz (5), A. Garcia (4)
  • RBI - A. Meadows 2 (19), Y. Diaz (9), B. Lowe (15), A. Garcia (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Adames, Y. Diaz, A. Garcia, K. Kiermaier
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - T. Pham (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Lin-Pearce; Devers-Pearce)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Lowe-Adames-Diaz)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello5.26221518.472.418.5
H. Hembree (H, 1)0.21110005.061.41-2.0
B. Poyner0.01111000.000.00-3.0
M. Walden (H, 1)0.20000203.121.041.0
M. Barnes (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.01110312.160.609.5
R. Brasier (S, 5)1.02000101.740.978.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello5.2
H. Hembree (H, 1)0.2
B. Poyner0.0
M. Walden (H, 1)0.2
M. Barnes (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.0
R. Brasier (S, 5)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Morton6.05552913.381.1610.5
J. Faria2.01001100.001.004.5
J. Alvarado (L, 0-1)1.02111100.871.06-5.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Morton6.0
J. Faria2.0
J. Alvarado (L, 0-1)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Porcello
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 91-60, H. Hembree 10-6, B. Poyner 11-6, M. Walden 9-6, M. Barnes 18-14, R. Brasier 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-3
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 23, H. Hembree 3, B. Poyner 2, M. Walden 2, M. Barnes 4, R. Brasier 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Alvarado
  • HBP - C. Morton (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 99-70, J. Faria 33-21, J. Alvarado 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-3, J. Faria 2-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, J. Faria 7, J. Alvarado 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF41151010.277.347.462.8089.5
M. Betts RF40200110.231.330.436.7662.5
M. Moreland 1B20000021.250.314.609.924-1.0
S. Pearce 1B30100013.148.179.185.3641.5
J. Martinez DH31100121.351.432.5711.0032.0
X. Bogaerts SS31000113.282.373.451.8241.5
R. Devers 3B40100003.260.341.329.6702.0
J. Bradley CF32100111.148.197.180.3773.5
T. Lin 2B40000024.111.111.111.222-1.0
S. Leon C21010000.000.167.000.1673.0
a- M. Chavis PH101000001.0001.0002.0003.0002.0
C. Vazquez C00000000.224.255.531.7860.0
Total33686141116-----
  • a-doubled for Leon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Meadows RF40120022.351.422.6761.0975.0
T. Pham LF50200014.295.404.410.8151.5
J. Choi 1B21100001.286.387.444.8314.0
W. Adames SS20000011.232.293.333.627-0.5
Y. Diaz 3B-1B41111022.275.393.551.9445.0
B. Lowe 2B40210010.288.338.616.9544.5
A. Garcia DH41111022.304.351.551.9025.0
K. Kiermaier CF41100021.275.320.536.8563.0
D. Robertson SS-3B40100001.164.233.182.4151.0
M. Perez C10100100.250.379.375.7542.0
a- G. Heredia PH01000100.267.421.533.9542.0
N. Ciuffo C10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
Total355115221115-----
  • a-walked for Perez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Pearce, R. Devers (5), M. Chavis
  • HR - A. Benintendi (2)
  • SF - A. Benintendi (2)
  • RBI - A. Benintendi 5 (11), S. Leon
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 4 (8), S. Leon
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moreland, S. Pearce 2 (2), X. Bogaerts, R. Devers, J. Bradley
BATTING
  • 3B - A. Meadows, J. Choi, B. Lowe, K. Kiermaier (3)
  • HR - Y. Diaz (5), A. Garcia (4)
  • RBI - A. Meadows 2 (19), Y. Diaz (9), B. Lowe (15), A. Garcia (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Adames, Y. Diaz, A. Garcia, K. Kiermaier
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - T. Pham (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Lin-Pearce; Devers-Pearce)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Lowe-Adames-Diaz)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello5.26221518.472.418.5
H. Hembree (H, 1)0.21110005.061.41-2.0
B. Poyner0.01111000.000.00-3.0
M. Walden (H, 1)0.20000203.121.041.0
M. Barnes (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.01110312.160.609.5
R. Brasier (S, 5)1.02000101.740.978.5
Total9.011552112---
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello5.2
H. Hembree (H, 1)0.2
B. Poyner0.0
M. Walden (H, 1)0.2
M. Barnes (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.0
R. Brasier (S, 5)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Morton6.05552913.381.1610.5
J. Faria2.01001100.001.004.5
J. Alvarado (L, 0-1)1.02111100.871.06-5.5
Total9.08664111---
PITCHERSIP
C. Morton6.0
J. Faria2.0
J. Alvarado (L, 0-1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Porcello
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 91-60, H. Hembree 10-6, B. Poyner 11-6, M. Walden 9-6, M. Barnes 18-14, R. Brasier 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-3
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 23, H. Hembree 3, B. Poyner 2, M. Walden 2, M. Barnes 4, R. Brasier 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Alvarado
  • HBP - C. Morton (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 99-70, J. Faria 33-21, J. Alvarado 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 6-3, J. Faria 2-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, J. Faria 7, J. Alvarado 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to right, Bradley scored, Chavis to third65
  • 8TH INNING
    Diaz homered to right55
  • 7TH INNING
    Meadows tripled to deep right center, Kiermaier and Heredia scored54
  • 4TH INNING
    Lowe tripled to deep right, Choi scored52
  • 2ND INNING
    Garcia homered to right center51
    Benintendi homered to left center, Bogaerts, Bradley and Leon scored50
    Leon hit by pitch, Martinez scored, Bogaerts to third, Bradley to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jose Alvarado relieved Jake Faria
    • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to right
    • T. Lin: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lin struck out bunting foul
    • Michael Chavis hit for Sandy Leon
    • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Chavis doubled to deep center, Bradley to third
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to right, Bradley scored, Chavis to third
    • M. Betts: Betts intentionally walked
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pearce flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Brasier relieved Matt Barnes
    • Christian Vazquez catching
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson singled to left
    • N. Ciuffo: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ciuffo flied out to right
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham singled to center, Robertson to second
    • W. Adames: Foul, Ball, Pham picked off at first, catcher to first
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Nick Ciuffo catching
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pearce doubled to right
    • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop, Pearce to third, Martinez out at second
    • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Devers popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Barnes relieved Marcus Walden
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz homered to right
    • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
    • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jake Faria relieved Charlie Morton
    • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Leon grounded out to second
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to deep left
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Hembree Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Kiermaier tripled to deep right center
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson popped out to second
    • Bobby Poyner relieved Heath Hembree
    • Guillermo Heredia hit for Michael Perez
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heredia walked
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Meadows tripled to deep right center, Kiermaier and Heredia scored
    • Marcus Walden relieved Bobby Poyner
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Willy Adames at shortstop
    • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Devers grounded out to first
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • T. Lin: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Lin grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames lined out to center
    • Y. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
    • B. Lowe: Lowe singled to right
    • Heath Hembree relieved Rick Porcello
    • A. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Garcia popped out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Betts singled to center
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
    • JD. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez walked
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Meadows hit by pitch, Perez to second
    • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to third, Perez out at third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lin flied out to deep left
    • S. Leon: Leon grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • J. Choi: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Choi tripled to deep center
    • Y. Diaz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to third
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lowe tripled to deep right, Choi scored
    • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Devers doubled to deep left
    • J. Bradley: Bradley fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Steve Pearce at first base
    • M. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to deep right
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Meadows flied out to left
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pham grounded out to second, Perez out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • JD. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez singled to center
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Martinez to second
    • R. Devers: Devers fouled out to third
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Martinez to third, Bogaerts to second
    • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lin struck out looking
    • S. Leon: Ball, Leon hit by pitch, Martinez scored, Bogaerts to third, Bradley to second
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi homered to left center, Bogaerts, Bradley and Leon scored
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Moreland: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • B. Lowe: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowe flied out to right
    • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garcia homered to right center
    • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
    • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Robertson grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Morton Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
    • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Betts grounded out to third
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Pham reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Choi reached on fielder's choice to first, Pham out at second
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)