Red Sox get to Arrieta early, beat Cubs 5-4

BOSTON (AP) Against Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, the Red Sox didn't have time for a slow start Friday night - not exactly a strength for them this season.

Andrew Benintendi helped Boston solve that issue, and the club just had to hang on from there.

Benintendi hit a solo homer off Arrieta to spark a five-run first inning and Boston beat Chicago 5-4.

The Red Sox had just seven first-inning runs this season entering Friday.

''Being able to scratch a few across, put up a crooked number early is always nice,'' Mitch Moreland said. ''It kind of helps everybody settle in.''

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Moreland, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering early solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

''The home run I gave up, just a ball elevated,'' Arrieta said. ''Made a few pitches in spots that I shouldn't have. And they strung some hits together.''

Arrieta also had a tough beginning against Cincinnati in his last start, and this is the first time in his career that he has allowed four first-inning earned runs in consecutive outings. Arrieta took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his last start in Boston on June 30, 2014.

Ben Zobrist also drove in a run for Chicago, which is playing its third regular-season series at Fenway and first since 2014.

After pulling within a run in the seventh, Chicago threatened again in the eighth with runners on first and second and one out. Fernando Abad came on and got both pinch-hitter Matt Szczur and Kyle Schwarber to strike out swinging.

Craig Kimbrel struck out Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to open the ninth before Zobrist doubled. Addison Russell then struck out to end the game, and Kimbrel locked up his eighth save.

''Fernando's two strikeouts were key, and then Kimbrel has been Craig. He's been overpowering. Great stuff,'' Boston manager John Farrell said.

THE GANG'S ALL HERE

Chicago pitchers Jon Lester, John Lackey and Koji Uehara were given a video tribute after the top of the second inning for their return to Fenway Park. All three were members of Boston's World Series championship team in 2013.

Anthony Rizzo, once a top prospect in Boston's farm system, was also back at Fenway along with Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, the former Red Sox general manager who helped end the team's 86-year championship drought in 2004.

''I'm definitely still a Bostonian. I'm just lucky to have a great second home in Chicago. I consider them both home,'' said Epstein, who was raised in nearby Brookline. ''How lucky is that?''

WHAT A SHOT

Bryant's first-inning solo blast over the Green Monster in left field traveled an estimated 449 feet. It was the longest homer at Fenway Park this season and the fifth-longest since the start of the 2015 season, according to Statcast.

As he rounded the bases, Bryant pointed to his parents in the stands. Bryant's father, Mike, was drafted by the Red Sox and played two seasons in their minor league system.

''That's probably the only time I've ever actually seen my family in the stands,'' said Bryant, adding that it might be his favorite home run that he's ever hit.

BATTING SIXTH

Dustin Pedroia had hit in every spot in the lineup except for sixth in 1,415 career games before Friday night, when Farrell shook up the lineup. Pedroia went 2 for3 with a walk and a strikeout out of the sixth hole.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Pitching coach Chris Bosio was not with the team for this weekend's series in Boston as he tends to a personal matter. Bullpen coach Lester Strode filled in for Bosio on Friday.

Red Sox: OF/INF Brock Holt (vertigo) began a five-game rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday night, getting four at-bats as the designated hitter. ... LHP David Price (left elbow strain) is still on track to face live hitters Saturday for the first time since spring training.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Lackey (1-3, 4.88) makes his first start in Boston since being traded to St. Louis in July 2014. Lackey, who spent three-plus seasons with the Red Sox, is 31-23 with a 4.45 ERA over 67 career starts at Fenway.

Red Sox: RHP Steven Wright (1-2, 8.66 ERA) faces the Cubs for the first time in his career as he looks to bounce back from a loss at Baltimore last Saturday. The knuckleballer is 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in five career interleague appearances (four starts).

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CHC12-10
1010002004110
BOS12-10
50000000X5132
  • W: D. Pomeranz (2-1)L: J. Arrieta (3-1)S: C. Kimbrel (8)
  • HR: CHC - A. Almora (2), K. Bryant (3), BOS - A. Benintendi (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber DH50100043.212.343.365.708-1.0
K. Bryant 3B41111121.281.387.472.8596.0
A. Rizzo 1B51100012.273.390.500.8901.5
B. Zobrist LF-2B40210100.215.338.354.6925.0
A. Russell SS50200023.281.326.438.7651.0
W. Contreras C40100002.254.309.413.7221.0
J. Heyward RF40100035.282.341.423.764-0.5
J. Baez 2B30000014.203.262.339.601-0.5
a- J. Jay PH-LF10100000.394.474.485.9591.0
A. Almora CF22111100.282.364.513.8768.0
b- M. Montero PH0000-000.379.419.517.000-
c- M. Szczur PH-CF10000012.182.250.182.432-0.5
  • a-singled for Baez in the 8th
  • b-announced for Almora in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Montero in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
X. Bogaerts SS30100112.313.361.328.6891.5
A. Benintendi LF41111025.325.394.446.8395.0
M. Betts RF41100003.307.373.467.8403.0
H. Ramirez DH41210010.250.308.333.6412.5
M. Moreland 1B31110110.296.380.519.8994.5
D. Pedroia 2B31200110.261.333.275.6093.5
J. Bradley CF40110023.229.300.371.6711.0
C. Vazquez C40210011.481.517.7041.2212.5
M. Hernandez 3B40200013.289.319.311.6301.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Zobrist (3)
    • HR - K. Bryant (3), A. Almora (2)
    • RBI - K. Bryant (13), B. Zobrist (9), A. Almora (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (6), M. Moreland (12)
    • HR - A. Benintendi (2)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (12), H. Ramirez (8), M. Moreland (10), J. Bradley (5), C. Vazquez (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - H. Ramirez (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Moreland (2), D. Pomeranz
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Arrieta (L, 3-1)4.110553514.663.00-8.5
    M. Montgomery1.22000001.881.201.0
    P. Strop1.00000204.700.004.0
    C. Edwards1.01000300.001.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Arrieta (L, 3-1)4.1
    M. Montgomery1.2
    P. Strop1.0
    C. Edwards1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Pomeranz (W, 2-1)6.06222724.151.3321.5
    R. Scott (H, 3)0.10111102.083.00-1.5
    J. Kelly (H, 1)0.22110102.133.00-2.5
    H. Hembree (H, 6)0.12000001.426.00-2.0
    F. Abad (H, 1)0.20000203.860.001.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 8)1.01000301.741.0010.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Pomeranz (W, 2-1)6.0
    R. Scott (H, 3)0.1
    J. Kelly (H, 1)0.2
    H. Hembree (H, 6)0.1
    F. Abad (H, 1)0.2
    C. Kimbrel (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Arrieta 2 (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 98-60, M. Montgomery 19-13, P. Strop 14-9, C. Edwards 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 3-3, M. Montgomery 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 24, M. Montgomery 5, P. Strop 3, C. Edwards 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Kelly
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 95-63, R. Scott 11-5, J. Kelly 17-10, H. Hembree 3-3, F. Abad 12-7, C. Kimbrel 19-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 6-5
    • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 26, R. Scott 2, J. Kelly 4, H. Hembree 3, F. Abad 2, C. Kimbrel 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CHC12-10
    1010002004110
    BOS12-10
    50000000X5132
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Schwarber DH50100043.212.343.365.708-1.0
    K. Bryant 3B41111121.281.387.472.8596.0
    A. Rizzo 1B51100012.273.390.500.8901.5
    B. Zobrist LF-2B40210100.215.338.354.6925.0
    A. Russell SS50200023.281.326.438.7651.0
    W. Contreras C40100002.254.309.413.7221.0
    J. Heyward RF40100035.282.341.423.764-0.5
    J. Baez 2B30000014.203.262.339.601-0.5
    a- J. Jay PH-LF10100000.394.474.485.9591.0
    A. Almora CF22111100.282.364.513.8768.0
    b- M. Montero PH0000-000.379.419.517.000-
    c- M. Szczur PH-CF10000012.182.250.182.432-0.5
    Total384113231422-----
    HITTERSAB
    K. Schwarber DH5
    K. Bryant 3B4
    A. Rizzo 1B5
    B. Zobrist LF-2B4
    A. Russell SS5
    W. Contreras C4
    J. Heyward RF4
    J. Baez 2B3
    a- J. Jay PH-LF1
    A. Almora CF2
    b- M. Montero PH0
    c- M. Szczur PH-CF1
    Total38
    • a-singled for Baez in the 8th
    • b-announced for Almora in the 8th
    • c-struck out for Montero in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    X. Bogaerts SS30100112.313.361.328.6891.5
    A. Benintendi LF41111025.325.394.446.8395.0
    M. Betts RF41100003.307.373.467.8403.0
    H. Ramirez DH41210010.250.308.333.6412.5
    M. Moreland 1B31110110.296.380.519.8994.5
    D. Pedroia 2B31200110.261.333.275.6093.5
    J. Bradley CF40110023.229.300.371.6711.0
    C. Vazquez C40210011.481.517.7041.2212.5
    M. Hernandez 3B40200013.289.319.311.6301.5
    Total335135131017-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Zobrist (3)
      • HR - K. Bryant (3), A. Almora (2)
      • RBI - K. Bryant (13), B. Zobrist (9), A. Almora (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (6), M. Moreland (12)
      • HR - A. Benintendi (2)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (12), H. Ramirez (8), M. Moreland (10), J. Bradley (5), C. Vazquez (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - H. Ramirez (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Moreland (2), D. Pomeranz
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Arrieta (L, 3-1)4.110553514.663.00-8.5
      M. Montgomery1.22000001.881.201.0
      P. Strop1.00000204.700.004.0
      C. Edwards1.01000300.001.003.5
      Total8.013553101---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Arrieta (L, 3-1)4.1
      M. Montgomery1.2
      P. Strop1.0
      C. Edwards1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (W, 2-1)6.06222724.151.3321.5
      R. Scott (H, 3)0.10111102.083.00-1.5
      J. Kelly (H, 1)0.22110102.133.00-2.5
      H. Hembree (H, 6)0.12000001.426.00-2.0
      F. Abad (H, 1)0.20000203.860.001.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 8)1.01000301.741.0010.5
      Total9.111554152---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz (W, 2-1)6.0
      R. Scott (H, 3)0.1
      J. Kelly (H, 1)0.2
      H. Hembree (H, 6)0.1
      F. Abad (H, 1)0.2
      C. Kimbrel (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Arrieta 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 98-60, M. Montgomery 19-13, P. Strop 14-9, C. Edwards 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 3-3, M. Montgomery 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 24, M. Montgomery 5, P. Strop 3, C. Edwards 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Kelly
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 95-63, R. Scott 11-5, J. Kelly 17-10, H. Hembree 3-3, F. Abad 12-7, C. Kimbrel 19-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 6-5
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 26, R. Scott 2, J. Kelly 4, H. Hembree 3, F. Abad 2, C. Kimbrel 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Zobrist singled to center, Rizzo scored35
      • 3RD INNING
        Almora homered to left25
      • 1ST INNING
        Vazquez singled to right, Pedroia scored, Bradley to second15
        Bradley singled to center, Moreland scored, Pedroia to third14
        Moreland doubled to deep right, Ramirez scored13
        Ramirez singled to right, Betts scored12
        Benintendi homered to right11
        Bryant homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zobrist doubled to right
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • H. Hembree Pitching:
        • W. Contreras: Contreras lined out to third
        • J. Heyward: Heyward singled to deep left
        • J. Jay: Jay singled to right, Heyward to second
        • M. Szczur: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Szczur struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Edwards Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pedroia singled to right
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • M. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Scott Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Almora walked
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rizzo singled to right, Almora to third
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Foul, Zobrist singled to center, Rizzo scored
        • A. Russell: Ball, Russell flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Strop Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts flied out to center
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Russell struck out looking
        • W. Contreras: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Contreras safe at first on 1st baseman Moreland fielding error, Zobrist to second
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to center, Hernandez to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bogaerts out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora grounded out to second
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Schwarber singled to left
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bryant walked, Schwarber to second
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to deep left
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ramirez caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked
        • D. Pedroia: Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia singled to center, Moreland to second
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded into double play second to first, Pedroia out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zobrist lined out to left
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Russell reached on an infield single to pitcher, Russell to second on Pomeranz fielding error
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras popped out to second
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Vazquez singled to right
        • M. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to center, Vazquez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Vazquez to third, Hernandez to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Betts lined into double play third, Vazquez out at third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora homered to left
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bryant grounded out to second
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo flied out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Ball, Russell singled to right
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Contreras singled to right, Russell to second
        • J. Heyward: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Baez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Contreras out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts popped out to shortstop
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant homered to center
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo flied out to left
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi homered to right
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts doubled to left center
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to right, Betts scored
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ramirez to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep right, Ramirez scored
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley singled to center, Moreland scored, Pedroia to third
        • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Vazquez singled to right, Pedroia scored, Bradley to second
        • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)