Hot-hitting Bogaerts homers, Red Sox hold off Rays 3-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Xander Bogaerts is off to a blistering start for the Boston Red Sox.

The hot-hitting shortstop homered in his second three-hit game of the season, keying a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

''I'm just trying to be consistent, do the same thing every day to get better, and whatever happens out there happens,'' said Bogaerts, who also doubled in a run while extending the AL's longest active hitting streak to 12 games.

Bogaerts went deep in the second inning against Andrew Kittredge (0-1), a reliever making his first big league start in the debut of Tampa Bay's plan to use bullpen days in place of a customary fifth starter.

Bogaerts, who also had three hits on opening day, is 8 for 12 with five doubles in three games.

''He's on fire,'' Kittredge said.

Rick Porcello (1-0) shut down the Rays on four hits through five innings, but was unable to get through the sixth.

Carlos Gomez doubled leading off the inning, and Matt Duffy's one-out infield hit chased the right-hander. Joey Wendle's sacrifice fly off Heath Hembree made it 3-1.

Gomez homered in the eighth, and Tampa Bay put the potential tying run on base in the ninth before Craig Kimbrel got C.J. Cron to line into a double play and retired Denard Span on a popup for his second save.

The Rays planned to open the season with a four-man rotation and use bullpen days as needed in place of a fifth starter.

The non-traditional approach took a hit on the final day of spring training when the club announced Nathan Eovaldi had loose bodies in the right elbow and needed arthroscopic surgery.

With just three healthy starters - Chris Archer, Blake Snell and Jake Faria - on the roster, manager Kevin Cash will need another bullpen day Monday, when Tampa Bay begins a two-game series against the Yankees in New York.

Kittredge allowed two runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings. Rookie Ryan Yarbrough worked the next four innings in his major league debut, followed by Sergio Romo and Chaz Roe.

Cash liked what he saw, especially from Kittredge and Yarbrough. Still, the manager said it's too early to evaluate the effectiveness of the bullpen-day concept.

''We really don't rate anything after one go-around,'' Cash said. ''But I thought the two guys, the combination, threw the ball well.''

FOR OLD TIMES' SAKE

Wilson Alvarez threw a ceremonial first pitch on the 20th anniversary of Tampa Bay's first game. The left-hander, one of about 20 members of the inaugural team who returned to Tropicana Field for a pregame ceremony, was the starting pitcher in an 11-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on March 31, 1998. Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, also on hand Saturday, hit the franchise's first home run that day.

Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who grew up in nearby Lakeland, Florida, remembers that night very well. He was in the stands one day after his ninth birthday to watch his first big league game in person.

ENCORE

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said left-hander David Price will start Boston's home opener Thursday against Tampa Bay, which faces the defending AL East champions seven times in the Rays' first nine games. Price limited the Rays to four hits over seven innings in Boston's 1-0 win Friday night.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee surgery) is scheduled to go six innings in his next minor league start Tuesday at Boston's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. ... LHP Drew Pomeranz (left forearm) is expected to pitch in a minor league game Wednesday in Fort Myers.

Rays: Eovaldi, who had surgery Friday to remove loose bodies in his right elbow, could resume pitching activities in eight to 10 weeks. He missed all of 2017 after Tommy John surgery.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez starts the finale of the four-game series.

Rays: Faria, coming off six no-hit innings in his final spring training appearance, makes his season debut.

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  • W: R. Porcello (1-0)L: A. Kittredge (0-1)S: C. Kimbrel (2)
  • HR: BOS - X. Bogaerts (1), TB - C. Gomez (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF40100100.182.308.273.5802.0
A. Benintendi CF30000212.000.154.000.1541.5
H. Ramirez DH51100002.250.308.333.6415.0
J. Martinez LF41200001.200.333.300.6334.0
X. Bogaerts SS41321001.667.6671.3332.00010.0
M. Moreland 1B30000103.000.250.000.2501.0
E. Nunez 3B40000014.250.250.583.833-0.5
B. Holt 2B20000212.000.500.000.5001.5
S. Leon C40000025.000.000.000.000-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Span DH40100112.286.500.5711.0711.5
    K. Kiermaier CF40000005.091.167.091.2580.0
    C. Gomez RF42211000.182.250.545.7959.0
    B. Miller 1B40000021.143.250.143.393-1.0
    M. Duffy 3B40300000.333.333.417.7505.0
    J. Wendle 2B30010022.000.000.000.0000.0
    A. Hechavarria SS40000012.182.182.182.364-0.5
    M. Smith LF30100100.333.500.333.8332.0
    J. Sucre C20100110.500.667.5001.1671.5
    a- C. Cron PH10000001.125.125.125.2500.0
    • a-lined out for Sucre in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts, H. Ramirez, J. Martinez, X. Bogaerts (5)
    • HR - X. Bogaerts
    • RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Gomez
    • HR - C. Gomez
    • SF - J. Wendle
    • RBI - C. Gomez, J. Wendle
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - H. Ramirez
    • CS - M. Betts
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Duffy
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Duffy
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (W, 1-0)5.16111401.691.3116.0
    H. Hembree (H, 1)1.10001200.000.753.0
    B. Poyner (H, 1)0.211100113.501.50-2.0
    C. Smith (H, 1)0.210001013.503.00-0.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 2)1.00001000.000.509.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (W, 1-0)5.1
    H. Hembree (H, 1)1.1
    B. Poyner (H, 1)0.2
    C. Smith (H, 1)0.2
    C. Kimbrel (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Kittredge (L, 0-1)3.13211112.701.20-0.5
    R. Yarbrough4.04113302.251.755.5
    S. Romo0.20001100.001.50-0.5
    C. Roe1.00001006.751.502.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Kittredge (L, 0-1)3.1
    R. Yarbrough4.0
    S. Romo0.2
    C. Roe1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - H. Hembree
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 89-61, H. Hembree 21-12, B. Poyner 9-6, C. Smith 13-8, C. Kimbrel 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-8
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 23, H. Hembree 5, B. Poyner 3, C. Smith 3, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Kittredge 57-32, R. Yarbrough 73-43, S. Romo 13-6, C. Roe 13-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Kittredge 5-3, R. Yarbrough 3-7
    • Batters Faced - A. Kittredge 13, R. Yarbrough 20, S. Romo 3, C. Roe 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS2-1
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40100100.182.308.273.5802.0
    A. Benintendi CF30000212.000.154.000.1541.5
    H. Ramirez DH51100002.250.308.333.6415.0
    J. Martinez LF41200001.200.333.300.6334.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41321001.667.6671.3332.00010.0
    M. Moreland 1B30000103.000.250.000.2501.0
    E. Nunez 3B40000014.250.250.583.833-0.5
    B. Holt 2B20000212.000.500.000.5001.5
    S. Leon C40000025.000.000.000.000-1.0
    Total3337216520-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Span DH40100112.286.500.5711.0711.5
      K. Kiermaier CF40000005.091.167.091.2580.0
      C. Gomez RF42211000.182.250.545.7959.0
      B. Miller 1B40000021.143.250.143.393-1.0
      M. Duffy 3B40300000.333.333.417.7505.0
      J. Wendle 2B30010022.000.000.000.0000.0
      A. Hechavarria SS40000012.182.182.182.364-0.5
      M. Smith LF30100100.333.500.333.8332.0
      J. Sucre C20100110.500.667.5001.1671.5
      a- C. Cron PH10000001.125.125.125.2500.0
      Total3328213713-----
      • a-lined out for Sucre in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts, H. Ramirez, J. Martinez, X. Bogaerts (5)
      • HR - X. Bogaerts
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Gomez
      • HR - C. Gomez
      • SF - J. Wendle
      • RBI - C. Gomez, J. Wendle
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - H. Ramirez
      • CS - M. Betts
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Duffy
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Duffy
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 1-0)5.16111401.691.3116.0
      H. Hembree (H, 1)1.10001200.000.753.0
      B. Poyner (H, 1)0.211100113.501.50-2.0
      C. Smith (H, 1)0.210001013.503.00-0.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 2)1.00001000.000.509.0
      Total9.0822371---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 1-0)5.1
      H. Hembree (H, 1)1.1
      B. Poyner (H, 1)0.2
      C. Smith (H, 1)0.2
      C. Kimbrel (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Kittredge (L, 0-1)3.13211112.701.20-0.5
      R. Yarbrough4.04113302.251.755.5
      S. Romo0.20001100.001.50-0.5
      C. Roe1.00001006.751.502.0
      Total9.0732651---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Kittredge (L, 0-1)3.1
      R. Yarbrough4.0
      S. Romo0.2
      C. Roe1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Hembree
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 89-61, H. Hembree 21-12, B. Poyner 9-6, C. Smith 13-8, C. Kimbrel 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-8
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 23, H. Hembree 5, B. Poyner 3, C. Smith 3, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Kittredge 57-32, R. Yarbrough 73-43, S. Romo 13-6, C. Roe 13-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Kittredge 5-3, R. Yarbrough 3-7
      • Batters Faced - A. Kittredge 13, R. Yarbrough 20, S. Romo 3, C. Roe 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Gomez homered to left32
      • 6TH INNING
        Wendle hit sacrifice fly to left, Gomez scored31
        Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Martinez scored30
      • 4TH INNING
        Nunez safe at first on 3rd baseman Duffy fielding error, Ramirez scored, Moreland to second20
      • 2ND INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chaz Roe relieved Sergio Romo
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi flied out to left
        • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Betts caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez popped out to catcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Carson Smith
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • C.J. Cron hit for Jesus Sucre
        • C. Cron: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Cron lined into double play shortstop to first, Smith out at first
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Span popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Bogaerts singled to right, Martinez to second
        • M. Moreland: Moreland flied out to center
        • Sergio Romo relieved Ryan Yarbrough
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez flied out to center
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Holt walked, Martinez to third, Bogaerts to second
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Poyner Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Gomez homered to left
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Miller popped out to first
        • Carson Smith relieved Bobby Poyner
        • M. Duffy: Duffy singled to center
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Duffy stole second, Ball, Hechavarria flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts lined out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ramirez popped out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Hembree Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith lined out to left
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Span walked
        • Bobby Poyner relieved Heath Hembree
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier popped out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Martinez doubled to deep right center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Martinez scored
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded out to first, Bogaerts to third
        • E. Nunez: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Nunez popped out to third
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Holt walked
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gomez doubled to deep center
        • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Duffy singled to left, Gomez to third
        • Heath Hembree relieved Rick Porcello
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Wendle hit sacrifice fly to left, Gomez scored
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duffy to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Leon flied out to right
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to right
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Benintendi out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to third
        • M. Smith: Smith singled to shallow left
        • J. Sucre: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Sucre reached on an infield single to second, Smith to second
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier fouled out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Kittredge Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez doubled to deep left
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Andrew Kittredge
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts fouled out to first
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez stole third
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Nunez safe at first on 3rd baseman Duffy fielding error, Ramirez scored, Moreland to second
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomez flied out to center
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Miller flied out to center
        • M. Duffy: Foul, Foul, Ball, Duffy reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Kittredge Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Holt flied out to left
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon lined out to center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts doubled to deep left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hechavarria flied out to center
        • M. Smith: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Smith lined out to center
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sucre walked
        • D. Span: Span singled to left, Sucre to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Span out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Kittredge Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts homered to left center
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moreland flied out to center
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Duffy flied out to center
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wendle struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Kittredge Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Benintendi out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Span grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier lined out to left
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Gomez grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)