Another solid start for Red Sox as Johnson beats Marlins

MIAMI (AP) The way the Boston Red Sox are pitching, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and David Ortiz might not be able to hit them.

The All-Star trio sat together in the Miami Marlins owners box Monday night as Brian Johnson gave the Red Sox their fifth solid start in five games, allowing one run in six innings in a 7-3 victory.

All five Boston starters have allowed less than two runs, a franchise first to begin a season.

''It's what we expected,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''We know how special they can be.''

Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts each hit his first home run of the season for the Red Sox, who doubled their season total. They scored 10 runs in their first four games but are 4-1 because they've allowed only 12 runs.

The stingy pitching has come with three starters on the disabled list, including Drew Pomeranz, a 17-game winner in 2017.

Johnson (1-0) gave up rookie Brian Anderson's first career homer but stranded six runners. Boston starters have allowed three earned runs in 30 innings with 28 strikeouts.

''Everyone feeds off each other,'' Johnson said. ''You see one guy go out there and do well, and you want to do repeat that.''

The Marlins could have used some help from the lineup in the second row , where CEO Jeter watched his new team struggle against his old rivals. Joining him as spectators were former Yankees teammate Jorge Posada and ex-Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

Before the game, Ortiz paid a visit to the Red Sox side of the field and caused a commotion.

''Who can miss David when he shows up? Nobody,'' Ramirez said. ''The crowd was going crazy too.''

Trevor Richards (0-1), the Marlins' minor league pitcher of the year in 2017, retired his first seven batters in his major league debut but then allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Marlins gave up 12 hits after pitching well against the Chicago Cubs in the opening series of the season.

''That's a good lineup over there,'' Miami manager Don Mattingly said. ''They're a different animal than what we've seen the first four. Taking nothing from the Cubs, but this is a little different offense, where they all take their licks. They can ding you a little bit, and they are dangerous also.''

A bloop and a blast got the Red Sox on the scoreboard. Xander Bogaerts reached on a two-out swinging bunt single in the fourth, and Eduardo Nunez followed with an RBI double. Christian Vazquez added a two-run double.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the fifth. As he approached first base, he pointed at his family amid the large throng of cheering Red Sox fans behind their dugout.

''We've got like three suites,'' Ramirez said. ''I spent a lot of money on tickets.''

Rafael Devers doubled home a run in the ninth and has at least one RBI in each of his four games.

The Marlins' Starlin Castro had three hits and his 500th career RBI.

COMING THROUGH

Before the game, Ramirez promised his jersey to a young fan if he hit a homer. He made good on the agreement after the game and signed the jersey.

SPECIAL GREETING

The Marlins gave Anderson the silent treatment when he returned to the dugout after his homer. He walked along the bench doing phantom high-fives, and eventually his teammates mobbed him.

HOMECOMING

The trip to Miami stirred memories for Cora, who played for the Miami Hurricanes when their football team was a powerhouse. Among the players he knew were Warren Sapp, Ray Lewis and Dwayne Johnson.

''I played PlayStation with the Rock my freshman year,'' Cora said with a laugh. ''We went to his room and played, and all of a sudden 10 years later he's a superstar. I don't think he knows who I am.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto (bruised back) began catching drills but is expected to be sidelined a few more weeks.

UP NEXT

LHP Chris Sale (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Red Sox in the finale of their trip Tuesday night against RHP Jose Urena (0-1, 11.25 ERA). Sale allowed one hit in six innings on opening day but is the lone Boston starter without a win. ''This is a good road trip,'' Cora said. ''It can be a great road trip Tuesday, and we've got the right guy going.''

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  • W: B. Johnson (1-0)L: T. Richards (0-1)
  • HR: BOS - H. Ramirez (1), M. Betts (1), MIA - B. Anderson (1)
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A. Benintendi LF41100112.067.222.067.2892.5
H. Ramirez 1B52221001.294.333.529.86311.0
R. Devers 3B50210021.294.333.412.7452.0
X. Bogaerts SS51200012.455.455.8181.2732.5
E. Nunez 2B41110001.250.250.563.8134.0
J. Bradley CF21000210.083.267.083.3502.5
C. Vazquez C40220002.308.357.385.7425.0
B. Johnson P20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-flied out for Johnson in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Hembree in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Brinson CF50200001.280.333.280.6132.0
D. Dietrich LF30000121.273.385.500.8850.0
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S. Castro 2B51310011.364.481.409.8915.5
B. Anderson 3B31111104.333.462.524.9858.0
J. Bour 1B40100014.111.158.111.2690.5
C. Maybin RF40210002.294.400.412.8123.0
M. Rojas SS40000016.263.364.368.732-0.5
B. Holaday C20000002.167.286.167.4520.0
J. Tazawa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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b- Y. Rivera PH-LF20000012.125.125.125.250-0.5
T. Richards P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Telis C21100100.333.429.333.7623.0
  • a-grounded out for Turner in the 9th
  • b-struck out for O'Grady in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Devers (2), E. Nunez (2), C. Vazquez
  • HR - M. Betts, H. Ramirez
  • RBI - M. Betts, H. Ramirez 2 (2), R. Devers (5), E. Nunez (3), C. Vazquez 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers, E. Nunez, C. Vazquez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro
  • HR - B. Anderson
  • RBI - S. Castro (4), B. Anderson (6), C. Maybin
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Ramirez (2)
  • CS - R. Devers
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Johnson (W, 1-0)6.06112511.501.3321.5
H. Hembree1.01000100.000.862.5
M. Walden2.03221105.401.500.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Johnson (W, 1-0)6.0
H. Hembree1.0
M. Walden2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 0-1)4.185515110.382.08-4.5
J. Tazawa1.20000100.000.643.5
C. O'Grady1.01111012.701.200.0
J. Turner2.03111003.861.931.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 0-1)4.1
J. Tazawa1.2
C. O'Grady1.0
J. Turner2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Walden
  • HBP - M. Walden
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 82-49, H. Hembree 17-11, M. Walden 38-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 7-5, M. Walden 4-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 25, H. Hembree 4, M. Walden 11
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 93-55, J. Tazawa 16-10, C. O'Grady 19-13, J. Turner 31-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-4, J. Tazawa 3-0, J. Turner 2-4
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 22, J. Tazawa 4, C. O'Grady 5, J. Turner 10
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Benintendi LF41100112.067.222.067.2892.5
H. Ramirez 1B52221001.294.333.529.86311.0
R. Devers 3B50210021.294.333.412.7452.0
X. Bogaerts SS51200012.455.455.8181.2732.5
E. Nunez 2B41110001.250.250.563.8134.0
J. Bradley CF21000210.083.267.083.3502.5
C. Vazquez C40220002.308.357.385.7425.0
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  • a-flied out for Johnson in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Hembree in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Brinson CF50200001.280.333.280.6132.0
D. Dietrich LF30000121.273.385.500.8850.0
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S. Castro 2B51310011.364.481.409.8915.5
B. Anderson 3B31111104.333.462.524.9858.0
J. Bour 1B40100014.111.158.111.2690.5
C. Maybin RF40210002.294.400.412.8123.0
M. Rojas SS40000016.263.364.368.732-0.5
B. Holaday C20000002.167.286.167.4520.0
J. Tazawa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. O'Grady P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- Y. Rivera PH-LF20000012.125.125.125.250-0.5
T. Richards P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Telis C21100100.333.429.333.7623.0
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  • a-grounded out for Turner in the 9th
  • b-struck out for O'Grady in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Devers (2), E. Nunez (2), C. Vazquez
  • HR - M. Betts, H. Ramirez
  • RBI - M. Betts, H. Ramirez 2 (2), R. Devers (5), E. Nunez (3), C. Vazquez 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers, E. Nunez, C. Vazquez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro
  • HR - B. Anderson
  • RBI - S. Castro (4), B. Anderson (6), C. Maybin
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Ramirez (2)
  • CS - R. Devers
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Johnson (W, 1-0)6.06112511.501.3321.5
H. Hembree1.01000100.000.862.5
M. Walden2.03221105.401.500.5
Total9.01033371---
PITCHERSIP
B. Johnson (W, 1-0)6.0
H. Hembree1.0
M. Walden2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 0-1)4.185515110.382.08-4.5
J. Tazawa1.20000100.000.643.5
C. O'Grady1.01111012.701.200.0
J. Turner2.03111003.861.931.0
Total9.01277362---
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 0-1)4.1
J. Tazawa1.2
C. O'Grady1.0
J. Turner2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Walden
  • HBP - M. Walden
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 82-49, H. Hembree 17-11, M. Walden 38-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 7-5, M. Walden 4-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 25, H. Hembree 4, M. Walden 11
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 93-55, J. Tazawa 16-10, C. O'Grady 19-13, J. Turner 31-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-4, J. Tazawa 3-0, J. Turner 2-4
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 22, J. Tazawa 4, C. O'Grady 5, J. Turner 10
  • 9TH INNING
    Castro grounded out to first, Telis scored, Brinson to third73
    Devers doubled to right center, Ramirez scored72
  • 8TH INNING
    Maybin singled to right center, Castro scored, Anderson to second62
  • 7TH INNING
    Betts homered to left61
  • 5TH INNING
    Ramirez homered to left, Benintendi scored51
  • 4TH INNING
    Vazquez doubled to shallow left, Nunez and Bradley scored31
    Nunez doubled to shallow left, Bogaerts scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Anderson homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Turner Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to right
    • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez singled to center
    • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez stole second, Devers doubled to right center, Ramirez scored
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Walden Pitching:
    • T. Telis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Telis walked
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson singled to left center, Telis to second
    • Chad Wallach hit for Jacob Turner
    • C. Wallach: Foul, Ball, Telis to third, Brinson to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Wallach grounded out to third
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro grounded out to first, Telis scored, Brinson to third
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jacob Turner pitching
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts singled to shallow center
    • E. Nunez: Foul, Nunez flied out to shallow right
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley walked, Bogaerts to second
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Vazquez lined out to right, Bogaerts to third
    • Mitch Moreland hit for Heath Hembree
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Marcus Walden pitching
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro doubled to deep center
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson hit by pitch
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Maybin singled to right center, Castro scored, Anderson to second
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Anderson to third, Maybin out at second
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Ball, Rivera grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Chris O'Grady relieved Junichi Tazawa
    • Blake Swihart hit for Brian Johnson
    • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Swihart flied out to deep center
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts homered to left
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
    • H. Ramirez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Heath Hembree pitching
    • Yadiel Rivera hit for Chris O'Grady
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • T. Telis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Telis singled to shallow right
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Brinson flied out to deep center
    • D. Dietrich: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Dietrich flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Tazawa Pitching:
    • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Castro singled to center
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked, Castro to second
    • J. Bour: Bour flied out to shallow left
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Maybin flied out to center
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas fouled out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to deep center
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi reached on an infield single to second
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez homered to left, Benintendi scored
    • R. Devers: Foul, Devers singled to right
    • Tomas Telis catching
    • Junichi Tazawa pitching
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers caught stealing, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • T. Telis: Strike looking, Ball, Telis flied out to right
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Brinson grounded out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez popped out to second
    • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • E. Nunez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Nunez doubled to shallow left, Bogaerts scored
    • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley walked
    • C. Vazquez: Vazquez doubled to shallow left, Nunez and Bradley scored
    • B. Johnson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Johnson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bour singled to left
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin singled to center, Bour to second
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas lined out to right
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holaday grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Maybin out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • C. Vazquez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vazquez singled to right
    • B. Johnson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Johnson struck out bunting foul
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts singled to left, Vazquez to second
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Benintendi fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Ball, Holaday grounded out to third
    • T. Richards: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Richards struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Brinson singled to right
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Dietrich walked, Brinson to second
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro reached on an infield single to second, Brinson to third, Dietrich to second
    • B. Anderson: Anderson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castro out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
    • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson homered to right
    • J. Bour: Ball, Bour grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts popped out to shortstop
    • A. Benintendi: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Brinson out on batter's interference
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Dietrich struck out on foul tip
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)