Ramirez gets 1st RBIs of season, Red Sox top Pirates 4-3

BOSTON (AP) Hanley Ramirez looked plenty healthy in a big spot for the Boston Red Sox.

After a recent absence because of the flu, Ramirez doubled during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Thursday that sent the Red Sox over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3.

''I think he's carried what he did last year into this season despite missing the four games in Detroit,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''I think he's carried that confidence he had last season into the first five games that he's been active.''

The game was a makeup from a rainout in the opening series. Boston wound up sweeping the Pirates, having beaten them in the first two games of the year.

Andrew McCutchen tied Barry Bonds for fourth on Pittsburgh's all-time list with his first homer of the season, but the Pirates lost their fourth straight.

Matt Barnes (2-0) worked one inning of hitless relief. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his third save.

Ramirez got his first RBIs of the season, hitting a two-run double with the bases loaded off Juan Nicasio (0-2) that made it 3-all. Mookie Betts, the second of two close runners heading home, was out at the plate.

Xander Bogaerts then slapped a go-ahead single to right.

''My pitch was just to throw a sinker inside and I didn't miss,'' Nicasio said. ''The thing is Hanley came out on top.''

Boston newcomer Mitch Moreland set a club record by hitting a double for the seventh straight game. The major league record is eight by Derrek Lee (2007) and Yadier Molina (2016).

''Being at this ballpark and knowing you've got a little help in left there makes you feel little more comfortable,'' Moreland said of the Green Monster.

McCutchen hit the first pitch he saw from Eduardo Rodriguez off a billboard above the Monster for his 176th career homer.

The 30-year-old McCutchen - the NL's 2013 MVP - entered the day with just one RBI following an offseason filled with trade rumors.

Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl gave up one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six without a walk.

''Chad pitched a fantastic game,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''To hold that offense in check, to pitch into the seventh, no walks, six strikeouts, the fastball command was excellent.''

Rodriguez gave up two of his three runs in the first inning, but struck out eight with four walks over 5 1/3.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: They may be a bit tired after a quick trip in and out of Boston. They arrived just before 1 a.m. and were heading to Chicago for a weekend series against the Cubs.

Red Sox: Ace lefty David Price, out since early into spring training with a strained left elbow, is set to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. ... Farrell gave struggling 3B Pablo Sandoval the day off. He's hitting just .133 (4 for 30) with two homers and seven RBIs. ... LHP Robbie Ross Jr. was removed from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket and activated from the 10-day disabled list. He was out with the flu. To make room, RHP Ben Taylor was optioned to Pawtucket.

MAKING IT LOOK EASY

Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison made a nice over-the-shoulder grab on a foul pop near the seats for the first out of the fifth and closed the inning by catching one down the third base line close to the stands.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (0-1, 6.55 ERA) is set to start against RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 6.00) Friday afternoon in the first of three day games in Chicago. The Pirates were 1-8 at Wrigley Field last season, but Cole is 8-2 in his career against the Cubs.

Red Sox: They open a four-game series Friday against Tampa Bay with reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (1-0, 4.38) facing Rays RHP Chris Archer (1-0, 2.45). Porcello has gone at least six innings in 20 consecutive starts, the majors' longest active streak.

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PIT3-6
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  • W: M. Barnes (2-0)L: J. Nicasio (0-2)S: C. Kimbrel (3)
  • HR: PIT - A. McCutchen (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Mercer SS41100110.206.289.235.5252.5
S. Marte CF30000123.270.317.351.668-1.0
A. McCutchen RF41121023.250.308.361.6696.0
G. Polanco LF41200010.273.314.333.6485.5
D. Freese DH10100300.381.552.6671.2184.0
J. Harrison 3B40000025.259.333.296.630-1.0
J. Bell 1B30000014.143.226.214.440-0.5
J. Jaso 1B10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Gosselin 2B30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
a- A. Frazier PH10100000.269.367.308.6740.0
C. Stewart C30100010.333.333.500.8331.5
b- F. Cervelli PH10000001.185.313.370.6830.0
  • a-singled for Gosselin in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Stewart in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Pedroia 2B31000110.278.325.278.6031.5
A. Benintendi CF41100011.235.341.324.6651.5
M. Betts RF30100101.174.296.174.4702.0
H. Ramirez DH41120012.300.391.400.7914.5
M. Moreland 1B31100110.324.410.559.9693.5
X. Bogaerts SS40210001.333.364.333.6973.0
M. Hernandez 3B40110013.263.263.316.5792.5
C. Vazquez C30000012.625.7001.1251.825-0.5
B. Holt LF30000011.091.333.091.424-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Polanco (2), C. Stewart
    • HR - A. McCutchen
    • RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - H. Ramirez (2), M. Moreland (8), M. Hernandez
    • RBI - H. Ramirez 2 (2), X. Bogaerts (3), M. Hernandez (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Polanco (3)
    • CS - S. Marte (2), A. Frazier (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - S. Marte 2 (2)
    • E - P. Gosselin
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Vazquez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kuhl6.15110602.380.7918.0
    F. Rivero (H, 3)0.20000001.500.000.0
    D. Hudson (H, 3)0.10211005.403.00-2.0
    J. Nicasio (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.22112103.866.00-9.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kuhl6.1
    F. Rivero (H, 3)0.2
    D. Hudson (H, 3)0.1
    J. Nicasio (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez5.14324815.231.509.0
    H. Hembree1.22000203.601.202.0
    M. Barnes (W, 2-0)1.00001000.001.009.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 3)1.01000002.251.009.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez5.1
    H. Hembree1.2
    M. Barnes (W, 2-0)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Nicasio
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 92-67, F. Rivero 8-5, D. Hudson 14-6, J. Nicasio 19-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 3-10, F. Rivero 2-0, D. Hudson 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 24, F. Rivero 2, D. Hudson 3, J. Nicasio 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 107-63, H. Hembree 19-17, M. Barnes 13-7, C. Kimbrel 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-6, H. Hembree 2-1, M. Barnes 1-2, C. Kimbrel 1-1
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 23, H. Hembree 7, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mercer SS41100110.206.289.235.5252.5
    S. Marte CF30000123.270.317.351.668-1.0
    A. McCutchen RF41121023.250.308.361.6696.0
    G. Polanco LF41200010.273.314.333.6485.5
    D. Freese DH10100300.381.552.6671.2184.0
    J. Harrison 3B40000025.259.333.296.630-1.0
    J. Bell 1B30000014.143.226.214.440-0.5
    J. Jaso 1B10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    P. Gosselin 2B30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    a- A. Frazier PH10100000.269.367.308.6740.0
    C. Stewart C30100010.333.333.500.8331.5
    b- F. Cervelli PH10000001.185.313.370.6830.0
    Total33382151018-----
    • a-singled for Gosselin in the 9th
    • b-flied out for Stewart in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Pedroia 2B31000110.278.325.278.6031.5
    A. Benintendi CF41100011.235.341.324.6651.5
    M. Betts RF30100101.174.296.174.4702.0
    H. Ramirez DH41120012.300.391.400.7914.5
    M. Moreland 1B31100110.324.410.559.9693.5
    X. Bogaerts SS40210001.333.364.333.6973.0
    M. Hernandez 3B40110013.263.263.316.5792.5
    C. Vazquez C30000012.625.7001.1251.825-0.5
    B. Holt LF30000011.091.333.091.424-0.5
    Total3147403711-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Polanco (2), C. Stewart
      • HR - A. McCutchen
      • RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Ramirez (2), M. Moreland (8), M. Hernandez
      • RBI - H. Ramirez 2 (2), X. Bogaerts (3), M. Hernandez (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Polanco (3)
      • CS - S. Marte (2), A. Frazier (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - S. Marte 2 (2)
      • E - P. Gosselin
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Vazquez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kuhl6.15110602.380.7918.0
      F. Rivero (H, 3)0.20000001.500.000.0
      D. Hudson (H, 3)0.10211005.403.00-2.0
      J. Nicasio (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.22112103.866.00-9.5
      Total8.0743370---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kuhl6.1
      F. Rivero (H, 3)0.2
      D. Hudson (H, 3)0.1
      J. Nicasio (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez5.14324815.231.509.0
      H. Hembree1.22000203.601.202.0
      M. Barnes (W, 2-0)1.00001000.001.009.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 3)1.01000002.251.009.0
      Total9.07325101---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez5.1
      H. Hembree1.2
      M. Barnes (W, 2-0)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Nicasio
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 92-67, F. Rivero 8-5, D. Hudson 14-6, J. Nicasio 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 3-10, F. Rivero 2-0, D. Hudson 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 24, F. Rivero 2, D. Hudson 3, J. Nicasio 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 107-63, H. Hembree 19-17, M. Barnes 13-7, C. Kimbrel 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-6, H. Hembree 2-1, M. Barnes 1-2, C. Kimbrel 1-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 23, H. Hembree 7, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Bogaerts singled to right, Ramirez scored, Moreland to second34
        Ramirez doubled to deep center, Pedroia and Benintendi scored, Betts out at home, Ramirez to third34
      • 6TH INNING
        Polanco scored, Freese to second on catcher Vazquez fielding error31
      • 2ND INNING
        Hernandez doubled to deep left, Moreland scored21
      • 1ST INNING
        McCutchen homered to left, Mercer scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Frazier singled to center
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Cervelli flied out to deep right
        • J. Mercer: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier caught stealing, catcher to second, Mercer grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco lined out to center
        • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freese walked
        • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Harrison flied out to right
        • J. Jaso: Strike looking, Jaso grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt grounded out to first
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi safe at first on 2nd baseman Gosselin fielding error, Pedroia to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Pedroia to third, Benintendi to second
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep center, Pedroia and Benintendi scored, Betts out at home, Ramirez to third
        • M. Moreland: Moreland intentionally walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Bogaerts singled to right, Ramirez scored, Moreland to second
        • M. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • H. Hembree Pitching:
        • P. Gosselin: Strike swinging, Gosselin grounded out to second
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Stewart doubled to left center
        • J. Mercer: Mercer singled to left center, Stewart to third
        • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • A. McCutchen: McCutchen flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kuhl Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts reached on an infield single
        • M. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to third, Bogaerts out at second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep right
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese walked
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco scored, Freese to second on catcher Vazquez fielding error
        • J. Bell: Foul, Strike swinging, Bell grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • C. Kuhl Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia lined out to right
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to left
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez popped out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kuhl Pitching:
        • M. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez popped out to third
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Holt popped out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese walked
        • J. Harrison: Harrison flied out to deep center
        • J. Bell: Bell flied out to deep right
        • P. Gosselin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gosselin popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kuhl Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland flied out to deep left
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marte caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kuhl Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Strike swinging, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Betts lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • P. Gosselin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gosselin popped out to first
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Stewart grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kuhl Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to right
        • M. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez doubled to deep left, Moreland scored
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to first, Hernandez to third
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Holt struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mercer walked
        • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • A. McCutchen: McCutchen homered to left, Mercer scored
        • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to right center
        • D. Freese: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Freese singled to center, Polanco to second
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kuhl Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi singled to right
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to center
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)