Johnson beats M's 6-0 for Boston's 6th straight win

BOSTON (AP) Brian Johnson had quite a turnaround in his second time on Fenway Park's mound.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

The 26-year-old left-hander became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

''The last time I walked off the mound here was 2012 and I made two pitches,'' Johnson said. ''Today I went nine innings. Today was pretty cool.''

Johnson left Triple-A for a little over a month last season to get treatment for an anxiety issue.

''Obviously with some stuff that I've been gone through in my career, it's an awesome feeling'' he said.

But despite the stellar outing, Johnson was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

''That's the reality of the game,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''We had a chance to congratulate him and yet option him back to Pawtucket, with David Price coming here Monday.''

Brought up from the minors for the start, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. His only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

''Their guy threw the ball over the plate. He threw strikes,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''I won't take anything away from what he did, but we're not swinging the bat very well.''

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

SWEEP

The Red Sox can complete their second straight three-game sweep and a 6-0 homestand with a win in the finale Sunday. Boston took three from Texas before Seattle came in.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHPs Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez, both on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, threw bullpen sessions. Hernandez said he ''felt really good.''... LHP James Paxton (strained forearm) is set to come off the DL and pitch at home Wednesday.

Red Sox: Pedroia was back at second base after getting Friday off to rest his sore left knee and not play on a wet field. He was hit by a pitch on the right forearm his first time up and went 1 for 3. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the DL with a sprained right knee, was expected to play nine innings Saturday night in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Farrell didn't rule out that he could be activated next week.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (1-2, 6.30 ERA) gave up 10 runs and 14 hits over four innings in a 10-1 loss Tuesday at Washington.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.35) has gone at least six innings in eight of nine starts.

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  • W: B. Johnson (2-0)L: R. Whalen (0-1)
  • HR: BOS - J. Bradley (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS40000003.337.379.466.8460.0
D. Valencia 1B40100001.242.312.386.6971.0
R. Cano 2B40000011.290.349.503.852-0.5
N. Cruz DH40000021.282.364.541.905-1.0
K. Seager 3B40000020.250.338.375.713-1.0
T. Motter LF30000000.201.277.388.6650.0
G. Heredia RF30200010.288.343.356.6991.5
M. Zunino C30000022.148.227.239.465-1.0
J. Dyson CF30200000.217.313.308.6214.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF31000100.275.359.467.8264.0
    D. Pedroia 2B30100010.289.368.373.7421.5
    X. Bogaerts SS41110001.333.397.462.8593.0
    A. Benintendi LF41110001.279.356.408.7643.0
    H. Ramirez DH31200000.273.366.434.7996.0
    M. Moreland 1B41210003.274.369.458.8284.0
    J. Bradley CF31121101.211.298.394.6938.0
    S. Leon C40110011.245.276.415.6901.5
    D. Marrero 3B30000010.176.236.275.511-0.5
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Bradley (5)
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts (18), A. Benintendi (27), M. Moreland (26), J. Bradley 2 (13), S. Leon (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Dyson (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (8), H. Ramirez
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Heredia (2), T. Motter (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Whalen (L, 0-1)5.17552018.441.69-4.0
      C. Lawrence2.22110307.451.974.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Whalen (L, 0-1)5.1
      C. Lawrence2.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Johnson (W, 2-0)9.05000802.571.0736.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Johnson (W, 2-0)9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Lawrence
      • HBP - R. Whalen 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Whalen 89-54, C. Lawrence 35-27
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Whalen 6-8, C. Lawrence 3-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Whalen 25, C. Lawrence 10
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 109-85
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 6-13
      • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 32
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      SEA21-29
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      BOS27-21
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Segura SS40000003.337.379.466.8460.0
      D. Valencia 1B40100001.242.312.386.6971.0
      R. Cano 2B40000011.290.349.503.852-0.5
      N. Cruz DH40000021.282.364.541.905-1.0
      K. Seager 3B40000020.250.338.375.713-1.0
      T. Motter LF30000000.201.277.388.6650.0
      G. Heredia RF30200010.288.343.356.6991.5
      M. Zunino C30000022.148.227.239.465-1.0
      J. Dyson CF30200000.217.313.308.6214.0
      Total320500088-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF31000100.275.359.467.8264.0
        D. Pedroia 2B30100010.289.368.373.7421.5
        X. Bogaerts SS41110001.333.397.462.8593.0
        A. Benintendi LF41110001.279.356.408.7643.0
        H. Ramirez DH31200000.273.366.434.7996.0
        M. Moreland 1B41210003.274.369.458.8284.0
        J. Bradley CF31121101.211.298.394.6938.0
        S. Leon C40110011.245.276.415.6901.5
        D. Marrero 3B30000010.176.236.275.511-0.5
        Total316961237-----
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Bradley (5)
          • RBI - X. Bogaerts (18), A. Benintendi (27), M. Moreland (26), J. Bradley 2 (13), S. Leon (15)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Leon (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Dyson (14)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (8), H. Ramirez
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - G. Heredia (2), T. Motter (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Whalen (L, 0-1)5.17552018.441.69-4.0
          C. Lawrence2.22110307.451.974.5
          Total8.0966231---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Whalen (L, 0-1)5.1
          C. Lawrence2.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Johnson (W, 2-0)9.05000802.571.0736.0
          Total9.0500080---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Johnson (W, 2-0)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Lawrence
          • HBP - R. Whalen 2 (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Whalen 89-54, C. Lawrence 35-27
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Whalen 6-8, C. Lawrence 3-2
          • Batters Faced - R. Whalen 25, C. Lawrence 10
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 109-85
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 6-13
          • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 32
          • 8TH INNING
            Moreland singled to deep left, Ramirez scored06
          • 6TH INNING
            Bradley homered to right center, Moreland scored05
          • 1ST INNING
            Leon singled to shallow right, Benintendi scored, Ramirez out at home, Bradley to second03
            Benintendi singled to shallow center, Bogaerts scored02
            Bogaerts singled to left, Betts scored, Pedroia out at third, Bogaerts to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • R. Cano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Cano struck out looking
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cruz lined out to center
            • K. Seager: Seager lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Foul, Foul, Dyson lined out to shortstop
            • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Segura fouled out to right
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Valencia grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Lawrence Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to third
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to shallow center
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ramirez to second on wild pitch, Foul, Moreland singled to deep left, Ramirez scored
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Bradley popped out to third
            • S. Leon: Leon lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to second
            • T. Motter: Motter flied out to left
            • G. Heredia: Heredia singled to shallow right
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Lawrence Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia struck out looking
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia grounded out to second
            • R. Cano: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Cano flied out to deep center
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Whalen Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moreland singled to right
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Bradley homered to right center, Moreland scored
            • Casey Lawrence relieved Rob Whalen
            • S. Leon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • T. Motter: Foul, Foul, Foul, Motter grounded out to third
            • G. Heredia: Foul, Strike looking, Heredia singled to shallow right
            • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Zunino flied out to center
            • J. Dyson: Dyson singled to left, Heredia to third
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Dyson stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Segura flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Whalen Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia singled to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts fouled out to first
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano flied out to left
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz flied out to deep right
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Whalen Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to second
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Leon lined out to first
            • D. Marrero: Marrero lined out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
            • J. Dyson: Foul, Strike looking, Dyson reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Segura reached on fielder's choice to second, Dyson out at second
            • D. Valencia: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Valencia popped out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Whalen Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to shallow center
            • M. Moreland: Moreland lined out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • T. Motter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Motter lined out to second
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Heredia struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Whalen Pitching:
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Marrero grounded out to third
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Betts lined out to center
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pedroia flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Segura grounded out to first
            • D. Valencia: Valencia singled to shallow right
            • R. Cano: Cano flied out to right
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Whalen Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pedroia hit by pitch
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left, Betts scored, Pedroia out at third, Bogaerts to second
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi singled to shallow center, Bogaerts scored
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez hit by pitch, Benintendi to second
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Ball, Moreland flied out to deep right, Benintendi to third
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez stole second, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Leon singled to shallow right, Benintendi scored, Ramirez out at home, Bradley to second
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)