Leon homers to end Boston's 3-0, 12-inning win over Pirates

BOSTON (AP) Sandy Leon prolonged the game with a baserunning mistake in the third inning.

When Boston's catcher came up in the 12th, he ended it.

Leon hit a three-run homer - the first walkoff of his career - and Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in his Red Sox debut to lead Boston to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

''It's nice to get the win. All the better to walk it off. It's special,'' said Sale, who was Boston's big acquisition of the offseason. ''If you told me tonight it was going to be 0-0 in the 12th, I probably would have given you a crazy look.''

Leon also doubled in the third inning but got thrown out at the plate after running through third base coach Brian Butterfield's stop sign. It was scoreless into the bottom of the 12th, when Antonio Bastardo (0-1) walked Jackie Bradley Jr. and Pablo Sandoval with one out.

Leon followed with a drive over the Green Monster to end a cold night for the Red Sox, who also beat Pittsburgh in the season opener on Monday.

''He certainly redeemed himself with the final swing tonight,'' manager John Farrell said.

Joe Kelly (1-0), the sixth Red Sox pitcher, earned the victory with two innings of one-hit relief as the Red Sox won their seventh straight interleague game at Fenway Park. The Pirates did not get a runner past first base.

''I'm not going to overcook this thing,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''That one swing makes it look bigger than it was, but there wasn't a lot of separation.''

SALE OF THE CENTURY

Sale, who walked one and struck out seven, was acquired from the Chicago White Sox for a package of minor leaguers that included No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada. He gave the Red Sox a rotation that included two Cy Young winners and three All-Stars.

''He was nasty,'' said Leon, who had three hits. ''He was mixing his pitches, getting ahead in the count. He was fun to catch.''

CLOSE CALLS

Jameson Taillon matched Sale's shutout for seven innings, allowing five hits while walking three and striking out six.

The Red Sox did threaten against him in the third, when Leon was thrown out at the plate by Andrew McCutchen, who had moved from center field to right this season. Newly acquired first baseman Mitch Moreland also hit a ball deep in the fourth, but McCutchen caught it at the short bullpen wall.

''I knew the wall was close,'' he said. ''But I didn't realize how close until I hit it.''

Boston loaded the bases with two outs in the 10th, thanks in part to a single by Leon, but Pirates closer Tony Watson retired opening day hero Andrew Benintendi on a weak grounder to second to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: OF Mookie Betts missed the game with the flu. Brock Holt and Robbie Ross were also stricken with a bug. ... David Price threw long toss from 100 feet and also made about 25 pitches from a mound. ''The most encouraging thing is every throwing session he goes through, he comes out feeling good physically,'' manager John Farrell said. ... Bradley clutched his left leg after getting spiked on a stolen base in the 12th, but he remained in the game. Afterward, he said his leg was ''great.''

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (5-4 in 2016) will pitch the series finale.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7 last season) makes his 2017 debut in the matinee game.

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  • W: J. Kelly (1-0)L: A. Bastardo (0-1)
  • HR: BOS - S. Leon (1)
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  • a-struck out for Jaso in the 10th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Pedroia 2B40100112.250.333.250.5831.5
A. Benintendi LF50100003.222.222.556.7781.0
X. Bogaerts SS50000021.222.222.222.444-1.0
H. Ramirez DH40100101.250.333.250.5832.0
M. Moreland 1B50000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
C. Young RF30000201.000.400.000.4002.0
J. Bradley CF41200111.429.556.7141.2705.5
P. Sandoval 3B41000124.125.222.125.3471.0
S. Leon C51331012.625.6251.1251.75010.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Leon
    • HR - S. Leon
    • RBI - S. Leon 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Bradley
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. McCutchen
    FIELDING
    • E - P. Sandoval (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Taillon7.05003600.001.1419.0
    D. Hudson1.00000000.000.003.0
    F. Rivero1.00000100.000.003.5
    T. Watson1.02001100.003.000.5
    J. Nicasio1.00000200.000.004.0
    A. Bastardo (L, 0-1)0.113320181.009.00-11.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale7.03001700.000.5723.5
    M. Barnes1.00000100.000.003.5
    C. Kimbrel1.00000000.000.003.0
    H. Hembree0.21000000.001.50-1.0
    R. Scott0.10000100.000.000.5
    J. Kelly (W, 1-0)2.01000000.000.5012.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale7.0
    M. Barnes1.0
    C. Kimbrel1.0
    H. Hembree0.2
    R. Scott0.1
    J. Kelly (W, 1-0)2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Taillon
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 95-59, D. Hudson 14-8, F. Rivero 12-8, T. Watson 16-12, J. Nicasio 13-10, A. Bastardo 19-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-4, T. Watson 2-0, J. Nicasio 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 26, D. Hudson 3, F. Rivero 3, T. Watson 6, J. Nicasio 3, A. Bastardo 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 104-69, M. Barnes 11-6, C. Kimbrel 15-9, H. Hembree 21-14, R. Scott 6-4, J. Kelly 27-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-8, M. Barnes 1-1, C. Kimbrel 3-1, H. Hembree 1-1, J. Kelly 3-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 4, H. Hembree 3, R. Scott, J. Kelly 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    PIT0-2
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    J. Mercer SS50000001.111.111.111.2220.0
    S. Marte CF50100022.111.100.111.2110.0
    A. McCutchen RF50000002.000.000.000.0000.0
    G. Polanco LF50000011.111.111.111.222-0.5
    D. Freese 3B40100100.375.444.375.8192.0
    F. Cervelli C50100022.250.333.375.7080.0
    J. Harrison 2B40100012.250.250.250.5000.5
    J. Bell 1B30000011.143.143.286.429-0.5
    J. Jaso 1B0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- P. Gosselin PH-1B10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    A. Frazier DH40100010.286.444.286.7300.5
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    • a-struck out for Jaso in the 10th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Pedroia 2B40100112.250.333.250.5831.5
    A. Benintendi LF50100003.222.222.556.7781.0
    X. Bogaerts SS50000021.222.222.222.444-1.0
    H. Ramirez DH40100101.250.333.250.5832.0
    M. Moreland 1B50000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
    C. Young RF30000201.000.400.000.4002.0
    J. Bradley CF41200111.429.556.7141.2705.5
    P. Sandoval 3B41000124.125.222.125.3471.0
    S. Leon C51331012.625.6251.1251.75010.5
    Total39383161017-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Leon
      • HR - S. Leon
      • RBI - S. Leon 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Bradley
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. McCutchen
      FIELDING
      • E - P. Sandoval (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Taillon7.05003600.001.1419.0
      D. Hudson1.00000000.000.003.0
      F. Rivero1.00000100.000.003.5
      T. Watson1.02001100.003.000.5
      J. Nicasio1.00000200.000.004.0
      A. Bastardo (L, 0-1)0.113320181.009.00-11.0
      Total11.18336101---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Taillon7.0
      D. Hudson1.0
      F. Rivero1.0
      T. Watson1.0
      J. Nicasio1.0
      A. Bastardo (L, 0-1)0.1
      Total11.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale7.03001700.000.5723.5
      M. Barnes1.00000100.000.003.5
      C. Kimbrel1.00000000.000.003.0
      H. Hembree0.21000000.001.50-1.0
      R. Scott0.10000100.000.000.5
      J. Kelly (W, 1-0)2.01000000.000.5012.0
      Total12.15001100---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale7.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      C. Kimbrel1.0
      H. Hembree0.2
      R. Scott0.1
      J. Kelly (W, 1-0)2.0
      Total12.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Taillon
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 95-59, D. Hudson 14-8, F. Rivero 12-8, T. Watson 16-12, J. Nicasio 13-10, A. Bastardo 19-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-4, T. Watson 2-0, J. Nicasio 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 26, D. Hudson 3, F. Rivero 3, T. Watson 6, J. Nicasio 3, A. Bastardo 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 104-69, M. Barnes 11-6, C. Kimbrel 15-9, H. Hembree 21-14, R. Scott 6-4, J. Kelly 27-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-8, M. Barnes 1-1, C. Kimbrel 3-1, H. Hembree 1-1, J. Kelly 3-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 24, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 4, H. Hembree 3, R. Scott, J. Kelly 7
      • 12TH INNING
        Leon homered to left center, Bradley and Sandoval scored03
      • 12TH INNING
        • J. Kelly Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco flied out to center
        • D. Freese: Freese lined out to second
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 12th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Antonio Bastardo relieved Juan Nicasio
        • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Young flied out to deep center
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
        • P. Sandoval: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bradley stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sandoval walked
        • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt to second, Strike swinging, Leon homered to left center, Bradley and Sandoval scored
      • 11TH INNING
        • Joe Kelly relieved Robby Scott
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte singled to right
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, McCutchen popped out to second
        • Middle of the 11th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Juan Nicasio relieved Tony Watson
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 11th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 10TH INNING
        • Heath Hembree relieved Craig Kimbrel
        • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Freese grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cervelli singled to deep left
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harrison popped out to second
        • Robby Scott relieved Heath Hembree
        • Phil Gosselin hit for John Jaso
        • P. Gosselin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gosselin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tony Watson relieved Felipe Rivero
        • C. Young: Strike swinging, Foul, Young grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to center
        • P. Sandoval: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon singled to shallow right, Bradley to third
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked, Leon to second
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • End of the 10th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer safe at first on 3rd baseman Sandoval fielding error
        • S. Marte: Ball, Marte popped out to third
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCutchen reached on fielder's choice to second, Mercer out at second
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Felipe Rivero relieved Daniel Hudson
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to right
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez lined out to shortstop
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Chris Sale
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Harrison flied out to center
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Hudson relieved Jameson Taillon
        • John Jaso at first
        • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Leon popped out to shortstop
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pedroia flied out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCutchen flied out to left
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to third
        • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese walked
        • F. Cervelli: Cervelli flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Young walked
        • J. Bradley: Bradley lined out to center
        • P. Sandoval: Pickoff attempt, Sandoval grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer flied out to left
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi singled to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
        • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez grounded into double play shortstop to second to shortstop to first, Benintendi out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison singled to deep left
        • J. Bell: Bell grounded into double play second to shortstop to second to first, Harrison out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Young walked
        • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Bradley singled to right, Young to third
        • P. Sandoval: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul tip, Sandoval struck out on foul tip
        • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Leon struck out on foul tip
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Bradley to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Polanco: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freese lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Moreland flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bell flied out to deep right
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier reached on an infield single
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer lined out to center
        • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Sandoval grounded out to third
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Leon doubled to deep right
        • D. Pedroia: Pedroia singled to right, Leon out at home
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco lined out to center
        • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Freese singled to right
        • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Cervelli struck out on foul tip
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez singled to left
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland flied out to deep center
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Foul, Young grounded into double play third to second to third to first, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, McCutchen flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)