Benintendi, Bradley homer and Red Sox beat White Sox 4-1

BOSTON (AP) Drew Pomeranz was trailing 1-0 after his second pitch of the game, and he knows that things can get worse - quickly - at Fenway Park.

But after giving up Tim Anderson's leadoff homer, the Boston left-hander got out of the inning - and into the seventh - without allowing any more runs and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

''It's all about not letting it snowball into something else,'' said Pomeranz (11-4), who has lost just once in 15 starts since starting the season 3-3. ''You give up the homer, get rid of it. Set up the next guy, try to sit him down.''

One night after Mitch Moreland hit a walkoff homer in the 11th, the Red Sox rallied early. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first, and Jackie Bradley Jr. cleared the bullpen with a man on in the second to give Boston a lead it never relinquished.

''We can swing it a little bit,'' Bradley said.

The Red Sox have won seven of their last nine games and are 35-20 at Fenway Park - the best home record in the AL. They maintained a three-game lead in the division over the second-place Yankees, who beat Cleveland 2-1.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 26th save.

James Shields (2-4) took the loss for the White Sox, who have dropped five straight games and 22 of their last 26. Shields was charged with four runs - three earned - five hits and an intentional walk, striking out six in six innings.

Shields is 1-4 with a 7.63 ERA since spending two months on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his back.

''He did a nice job keeping us in contention there for the whole ballgame,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''He did a nice job working after giving those two (homers) up early.''

HOW THEY SCORED

Pomeranz held Chicago to seven hits and a walk while striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 3.36. Anderson smacked a 1-0 pitch out to left-center, but Benintendi made it 2-1 in the bottom half of the first.

Moreland doubled with one out in the second. Bradley followed one out later with a shot over the bullpens in right field to make it 4-1.

DOUBLED UP

Alen Hanson was doubled off first base to end the seventh inning on Anderson's short line drive to right field. Mookie Betts caught the ball while running in, and Hanson was too far off first to get back in time.

''I knew I was going to catch it at a certain point,'' Betts said. ''I saw out of the corner of my eye he was still off the bag.''

OLD FRIENDS

Roger Clemens, who won three Cy Young Awards and as many games (192) in a Boston uniform as Young himself, visited the ballpark. He spent time in the broadcast booth talking about the importance of the Jimmy Fund.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Matt Davidson is day-to-day with bruised right wrist. ... OF Avisall Garcia (sprained right thumb) has begun swinging a bat without problems.

Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez has soreness in both sides. ''I can't tell you how long it'll be. At this point I don't see it being a DL,'' manager John Farrell said. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee) is on schedule to return Tuesday.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-9) tries to avoid a fifth straight loss.

Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (1-5) looks for his second straight win.

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  • W: D. Pomeranz (11-4)L: J. Shields (2-4)S: C. Kimbrel (26)
  • HR: CHW - T. Anderson (10), BOS - J. Bradley (13), A. Benintendi (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Anderson SS41211012.237.258.362.6206.5
T. Saladino 3B40000001.203.288.259.5480.0
J. Abreu 1B40200001.293.350.514.8642.0
K. Smith C40000012.270.295.351.646-0.5
L. Garcia RF30000020.284.338.447.7850.0
Y. Moncada 2B40100031.146.305.271.576-0.5
N. Delmonico LF30100111.368.429.5791.0081.5
A. Engel CF30100012.200.273.307.5800.5
A. Hanson DH30100012.237.275.338.6130.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40100001.269.343.462.8052.0
    B. Holt 2B41000012.210.296.226.5220.5
    A. Benintendi LF31221100.268.351.419.77011.0
    E. Nunez SS40000013.320.346.456.802-0.5
    R. Devers 3B40000021.350.422.6251.047-1.0
    C. Young DH30000020.240.324.383.706-1.0
    M. Moreland 1B31100000.245.333.431.7643.0
    C. Vazquez C20000101.280.316.385.7011.0
    J. Bradley CF31121021.261.332.438.7706.0
      BATTING
      • HR - T. Anderson (10)
      • RBI - T. Anderson (31)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (32), M. Moreland (24)
      • HR - A. Benintendi (13), J. Bradley (13)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (57), J. Bradley 2 (43)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley 2 (17)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - L. Garcia
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi (11)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Saladino (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (7), M. Betts (6)
      • E - E. Nunez (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Shields (L, 2-4)6.05431626.031.6010.0
      C. Beck0.20001104.801.49-0.5
      D. Holland0.10000005.271.560.0
      G. Infante1.00000104.551.643.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Shields (L, 2-4)6.0
      C. Beck0.2
      D. Holland0.1
      G. Infante1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (W, 11-4)6.17111813.361.3423.0
      B. Boyer (H, 2)1.21000003.211.502.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 26)1.00000201.540.6911.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz (W, 11-4)6.1
      B. Boyer (H, 2)1.2
      C. Kimbrel (S, 26)1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Shields (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 93-60, C. Beck 13-5, D. Holland 3-1, G. Infante 12-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 6-7
      • Batters Faced - J. Shields 25, C. Beck 3, D. Holland, G. Infante 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Kimbrel (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 100-68, B. Boyer 11-9, C. Kimbrel 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 7-4, B. Boyer 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 27, B. Boyer 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Anderson SS41211012.237.258.362.6206.5
      T. Saladino 3B40000001.203.288.259.5480.0
      J. Abreu 1B40200001.293.350.514.8642.0
      K. Smith C40000012.270.295.351.646-0.5
      L. Garcia RF30000020.284.338.447.7850.0
      Y. Moncada 2B40100031.146.305.271.576-0.5
      N. Delmonico LF30100111.368.429.5791.0081.5
      A. Engel CF30100012.200.273.307.5800.5
      A. Hanson DH30100012.237.275.338.6130.5
      Total32181111012-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF40100001.269.343.462.8052.0
        B. Holt 2B41000012.210.296.226.5220.5
        A. Benintendi LF31221100.268.351.419.77011.0
        E. Nunez SS40000013.320.346.456.802-0.5
        R. Devers 3B40000021.350.422.6251.047-1.0
        C. Young DH30000020.240.324.383.706-1.0
        M. Moreland 1B31100000.245.333.431.7643.0
        C. Vazquez C20000101.280.316.385.7011.0
        J. Bradley CF31121021.261.332.438.7706.0
        Total304542289-----
          BATTING
          • HR - T. Anderson (10)
          • RBI - T. Anderson (31)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Betts (32), M. Moreland (24)
          • HR - A. Benintendi (13), J. Bradley (13)
          • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (57), J. Bradley 2 (43)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley 2 (17)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - L. Garcia
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Benintendi (11)
          FIELDING
          • E - T. Saladino (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (7), M. Betts (6)
          • E - E. Nunez (11)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Shields (L, 2-4)6.05431626.031.6010.0
          C. Beck0.20001104.801.49-0.5
          D. Holland0.10000005.271.560.0
          G. Infante1.00000104.551.643.5
          Total8.0543282---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Shields (L, 2-4)6.0
          C. Beck0.2
          D. Holland0.1
          G. Infante1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Pomeranz (W, 11-4)6.17111813.361.3423.0
          B. Boyer (H, 2)1.21000003.211.502.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 26)1.00000201.540.6911.0
          Total9.08111101---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Pomeranz (W, 11-4)6.1
          B. Boyer (H, 2)1.2
          C. Kimbrel (S, 26)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Shields (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 93-60, C. Beck 13-5, D. Holland 3-1, G. Infante 12-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 6-7
          • Batters Faced - J. Shields 25, C. Beck 3, D. Holland, G. Infante 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Kimbrel (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 100-68, B. Boyer 11-9, C. Kimbrel 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 7-4, B. Boyer 2-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 27, B. Boyer 4, C. Kimbrel 3
          • 2ND INNING
            Bradley homered to right center, Moreland scored14
          • 1ST INNING
            Benintendi homered to right, Holt scored12
            Anderson homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Blaine Boyer
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia hit by pitch
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • N. Delmonico: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Garcia picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Delmonico struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Boyer Pitching:
            • T. Saladino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Saladino grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu singled to deep left, Abreu out at second
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Gregory Infante relieved Derek Holland
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep center
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez lined out to left
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • N. Delmonico: Delmonico singled to right
            • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • A. Hanson: Foul, Hanson singled to right center, Delmonico to second
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Drew Pomeranz
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson lined into double play right to first, Hanson out at first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Beck relieved James Shields
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts lined out to left
            • Derek Holland relieved Chris Beck
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Holt flied out to deep left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Foul, Strike looking, Smith grounded out to second
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Young: Ball, Young flied out to deep center
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moreland lined out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson reached on bunt single to second
            • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Saladino popped out to third
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Abreu grounded into double play third to second to first, Anderson out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts doubled to left
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi intentionally walked
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Delmonico walked
            • A. Engel: Engel singled to left, Delmonico to second
            • A. Hanson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • C. Young: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Young struck out looking
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland flied out to deep left
            • C. Vazquez: Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • A. Hanson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hanson popped out to second
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • T. Saladino: Ball, Saladino safe at first on 2nd baseman Nunez fielding error
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu singled to left, Saladino to second
            • K. Smith: Ball, Foul, Foul, Smith flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Holt grounded out to first
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Benintendi singled to left center
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada reached on an infield single to second
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Delmonico grounded out to pitcher, Moncada to second
            • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Engel popped out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moreland doubled to left center
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez flied out to deep left
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley homered to right center, Moreland scored
            • M. Betts: Foul, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson homered to center
            • T. Saladino: Ball, Strike looking, Saladino grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to left
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Holt safe at first on 2nd baseman Saladino fielding error
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi homered to right, Holt scored
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez flied out to left
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)