Benintendi lifts Red Sox over Pirates 5-3 in post-Ortiz era

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox bid farewell to a legend at the end of last season. This season opened with a big day for one of their rising stars.

Rookie Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer that capped a five-run fifth inning, and the Red Sox began their post-David Ortiz era by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 in Monday's opener.

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out five. Craig Kimbrel retired Starling Marte on a game-ending popup with two on for the save.

''That was awesome,'' Benintendi said. ''We're all excited to start playing games that actually matter. It was a fun experience.''

What manager John Farrell said has impressed him most about 22-year-old during his short time in the majors is the lack of panic. Benintendi homered on a 98 mph fastball on a 2-2 count.

''He sees the ball extremely well and has a true understanding of the strike zone,'' Farrell said. ''A pretty special young player.''

Playing the team it beat in the first World Series in 1903, Boston opened against a National League opponent for just the second time.

Gerrit Cole (0-1), the first overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.

Cole said he threw a 2-2 pitch to Benintendi to strike him out looking in the first inning. He tried the same offering in the fifth.

''Obviously, he was not going to let that get by him again,'' Cole said.

Ortiz retired after last season after helping the Red Sox win three Series titles, their first since 1918.

Even without Ortiz, there was still plenty of pageantry at Fenway Park.

The ceremonial first pitch was attended a quintet of members Super Bowl champion New England Patriots headlined by MVP quarterback Tom Brady, who made the toss. They were joined by owner Robert Kraft and all five of the franchise's Lombardi trophies.

It may have brought the hometown team some good luck.

Boston had only two hits before Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two-out triple to right in the fifth. He scored the first run after Pablo Sandoval beat out a sharp grounder to shortstop Jordy Mercer.

Sandy Leon bunted his way on, Sandoval scored on Dustin Pedroia's line-drive single up the middle and Benintendi homered.

Porcello allowed only three hits through six innings. Josh Harrison had an RBI single in the seventh, and the Pirates added two runs off Matt Barnes before Andrew McCutchen struck out for the third time.

TRAINERS ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left elbow) is still working on increasing his throwing distances and is set to throw again Tuesday. ,,, Manager John Farrell said RHP Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder) is still isn't throwing.

BIG PLAYS

Along with his homer, Benintendi had what might have been a game-saving catch in seventh inning. Trailing 5-2 in the seventh, the Pirates had the bases loaded when Starling Marte hit a hard liner to left. But Benintendi was able to haul in a running, over-the-shoulder grab to limit the damage to a run, with Josh Harrison scoring from third on a tag up.

Bradley Jr. also had a nice running catch against the bullpen wall in the fourth inning to go along with his triple in the fifth to start the rally.

''I think it gave us some momentum. It was a little bit of a spark,'' Farrell said of Bradley's grab.

HISTORICAL NOTES

Pittsburgh lost its first opening day game vs. an AL opponent. The Pirates are 71-60 in 131 openers, including 55-45 in 100 road openers. They fell to 7-6 against the Red Sox during the regular season.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon is on the hill Wednesday after the series' takes an off day Tuesday. He has a 5-4 record and 3.38 ERA in 18 starts with the Pirates.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale makes his Boston debut Wednesday after being acquired in an offseason trade with the White Sox.

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  • W: R. Porcello (1-0)L: G. Cole (0-1)S: C. Kimbrel (1)
  • HR: BOS - A. Benintendi (1)
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G. Polanco DH40100011.250.250.250.500-0.5
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F. Cervelli C31100100.333.500.6671.1674.0
J. Bell 1B40100004.250.250.500.7502.0
J. Harrison 2B41110023.250.250.250.5002.0
J. Mercer SS40110021.250.250.250.5001.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Pedroia 2B41110011.250.250.250.5002.5
    A. Benintendi LF41131011.250.2501.0001.2507.5
    M. Betts RF30100101.333.500.333.8332.0
    H. Ramirez DH40100012.250.250.250.5000.5
    M. Moreland 1B40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40200001.500.500.5001.0006.0
    J. Bradley CF31100101.333.5001.0001.5005.0
    P. Sandoval 3B41110023.250.250.250.5002.0
    S. Leon C31200000.667.667.6671.3333.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Cervelli, J. Bell
      • SF - S. Marte
      • RBI - S. Marte, J. Harrison, J. Mercer
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Bradley
      • HR - A. Benintendi
      • RBI - D. Pedroia, A. Benintendi 3 (3), P. Sandoval
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia, A. Benintendi 3 (3), P. Sandoval
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - G. Polanco
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - X. Bogaerts 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Mercer
      FIELDING
      • E - P. Sandoval
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (L, 0-1)5.07551219.001.60-2.0
      J. Nicasio1.01000100.001.002.5
      F. Rivero1.01000100.001.002.5
      D. Hudson1.01001300.002.002.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (L, 0-1)5.0
      J. Nicasio1.0
      F. Rivero1.0
      D. Hudson1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 1-0)6.16331504.261.1120.5
      M. Barnes (H, 1)0.21001100.003.00-1.5
      R. Scott (H, 1)0.10000000.000.000.0
      H. Hembree (H, 1)0.20000000.000.000.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 1)1.01000200.001.0010.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 1-0)6.1
      M. Barnes (H, 1)0.2
      R. Scott (H, 1)0.1
      H. Hembree (H, 1)0.2
      C. Kimbrel (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 76-47, J. Nicasio 23-16, F. Rivero 14-8, D. Hudson 20-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 6-6, J. Nicasio 2-0, F. Rivero 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, J. Nicasio 4, F. Rivero 4, D. Hudson 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Barnes
      • HBP - C. Kimbrel
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 96-62, M. Barnes 14-7, R. Scott 1-1, H. Hembree 11-8, C. Kimbrel 22-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 6-8, R. Scott 1-0, H. Hembree 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 26, M. Barnes 4, R. Scott, H. Hembree 2, C. Kimbrel 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Frazier LF30100100.333.600.333.9333.0
      S. Marte CF40010004.000.000.000.0001.0
      A. McCutchen RF40000034.000.000.000.000-1.5
      G. Polanco DH40100011.250.250.250.500-0.5
      D. Freese 3B41200000.500.500.5001.0003.0
      F. Cervelli C31100100.333.500.6671.1674.0
      J. Bell 1B40100004.250.250.500.7502.0
      J. Harrison 2B41110023.250.250.250.5002.0
      J. Mercer SS40110021.250.250.250.5001.0
      Total3739303817-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Pedroia 2B41110011.250.250.250.5002.5
        A. Benintendi LF41131011.250.2501.0001.2507.5
        M. Betts RF30100101.333.500.333.8332.0
        H. Ramirez DH40100012.250.250.250.5000.5
        M. Moreland 1B40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
        X. Bogaerts SS40200001.500.500.5001.0006.0
        J. Bradley CF31100101.333.5001.0001.5005.0
        P. Sandoval 3B41110023.250.250.250.5002.0
        S. Leon C31200000.667.667.6671.3333.0
        Total33510512711-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Cervelli, J. Bell
          • SF - S. Marte
          • RBI - S. Marte, J. Harrison, J. Mercer
          BATTING
          • 3B - J. Bradley
          • HR - A. Benintendi
          • RBI - D. Pedroia, A. Benintendi 3 (3), P. Sandoval
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Pedroia, A. Benintendi 3 (3), P. Sandoval
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - G. Polanco
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - X. Bogaerts 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Mercer
          FIELDING
          • E - P. Sandoval
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole (L, 0-1)5.07551219.001.60-2.0
          J. Nicasio1.01000100.001.002.5
          F. Rivero1.01000100.001.002.5
          D. Hudson1.01001300.002.002.5
          Total8.01055271---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole (L, 0-1)5.0
          J. Nicasio1.0
          F. Rivero1.0
          D. Hudson1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (W, 1-0)6.16331504.261.1120.5
          M. Barnes (H, 1)0.21001100.003.00-1.5
          R. Scott (H, 1)0.10000000.000.000.0
          H. Hembree (H, 1)0.20000000.000.000.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 1)1.01000200.001.0010.0
          Total9.1833280---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (W, 1-0)6.1
          M. Barnes (H, 1)0.2
          R. Scott (H, 1)0.1
          H. Hembree (H, 1)0.2
          C. Kimbrel (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.1
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 76-47, J. Nicasio 23-16, F. Rivero 14-8, D. Hudson 20-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 6-6, J. Nicasio 2-0, F. Rivero 1-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, J. Nicasio 4, F. Rivero 4, D. Hudson 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Barnes
          • HBP - C. Kimbrel
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 96-62, M. Barnes 14-7, R. Scott 1-1, H. Hembree 11-8, C. Kimbrel 22-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 6-8, R. Scott 1-0, H. Hembree 1-1
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 26, M. Barnes 4, R. Scott, H. Hembree 2, C. Kimbrel 5
          • 7TH INNING
            Marte hit sacrifice fly to left, Harrison scored35
            Mercer singled to center, Cervelli scored, Harrison to second25
            Harrison singled to left center, Freese scored, Cervelli to third15
          • 5TH INNING
            Benintendi homered to right, Leon and Pedroia scored05
            Pedroia singled to center, Sandoval scored, Leon to second02
            Sandoval reached on an infield single, Bradley scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Heath Hembree
            • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bell doubled to left
            • J. Harrison: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
            • J. Mercer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
            • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Frazier hit by pitch
            • S. Marte: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Marte popped out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Robby Scott relieved Matt Barnes
            • G. Polanco: Polanco grounded out to second
            • Heath Hembree relieved Robby Scott
            • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freese flied out to deep center
            • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Daniel Hudson relieved Felipe Rivero
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts singled to left center
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bogaerts stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Juan Nicasio relieved Gerrit Cole
            • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Freese reached on an infield single
            • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli doubled to deep left, Freese to third
            • J. Bell: Bell grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison singled to left center, Freese scored, Cervelli to third
            • Matt Barnes relieved Rick Porcello
            • J. Mercer: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Mercer singled to center, Cervelli scored, Harrison to second
            • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harrison to third, Mercer to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
            • S. Marte: Strike (foul tip), Marte hit sacrifice fly to left, Harrison scored
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Felipe Rivero relieved Juan Nicasio
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Leon singled to center
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pedroia struck out looking
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to deep left
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Leon out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier safe at first on 3rd baseman Sandoval fielding error
            • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marte flied out to deep center
            • A. McCutchen: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
            • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Nicasio Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moreland grounded out to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts singled to center
            • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to second, Bogaerts to second
            • P. Sandoval: Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts stole third, Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bell popped out to third
            • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts flied out to right
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley tripled to deep right
            • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval reached on an infield single, Bradley scored
            • S. Leon: Leon reached on bunt single to shortstop, Sandoval to second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Pedroia singled to center, Sandoval scored, Leon to second
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi homered to right, Leon and Pedroia scored
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts reached on an infield single, Betts to second on shortstop Mercer fielding error
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez popped out to second
            • End of the 5th (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • G. Polanco: Foul, Polanco grounded out to second
            • D. Freese: Freese flied out to deep center
            • F. Cervelli: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cervelli lined out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi flied out to shallow left
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to third
            • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier singled to right
            • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Marte popped out to second
            • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, McCutchen struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
            • P. Sandoval: Strike swinging, Sandoval lined out to left
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Leon grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Polanco singled to center
            • D. Freese: Ball, Polanco caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Freese reached on an infield single
            • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cervelli walked, Freese to second
            • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bell flied out to left
            • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez singled to center
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • A. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier flied out to left
            • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Marte grounded out to second
            • A. McCutchen: Foul, McCutchen flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts lined out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)