Bogaerts' slam, 6 RBIs carries Red Sox past Rays 10-3

BOSTON (AP) Xander Bogaerts kept up his powerful start that's helped the Boston Red Sox get off on a fast run.

On Saturday, a few more bats in the lineup joined in, too.

Bogaerts hit the first grand slam by a Boston player since the end of the 2016 season and drove in a career-best six runs to carry the Red Sox to a 10-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays for their seventh straight victory.

''He's been an unbelievable hitter every year,'' winning pitcher Rick Porcello said. ''Now he's doing it with power. He's a big threat at the plate. He always had that ability.''

In addition to his slam, Bogaerts drove in two runs with his seventh double in eight games.

J.D. Martinez hit his first home run since signing a $110 million, five-year contract during spring training as a free agent. Rafael Devers also connected.

This is just the second time in franchise history that the Red Sox have lost their season opener and won the next seven. The other came in 1904 when Boston captured the AL pennant.

''We've been on and off. We know we're a good offensive team,'' new manager Alex Cora said.

''We can do that often. We feel we have a good offensive team. It's just a matter of time,'' he said.

The Rays have lost seven straight and are off to their worst start ever after rallying for a win at home over the Red Sox on opening day.

''Nobody's happy we're 1-7,'' manager Kevin Cash said.

Tampa Bay infielder Daniel Robertson pitched a perfect eighth with a two flyouts and a popup, throwing seven strikes in 11 pitches.

Porcello (2-0) gave up three runs and six hits, striking out seven without allowing a walk over 7 1/3 innings. He retired 20 of 21 batters - and 17 in a row - after giving up two runs in the first.

Bogaerts' two-run double helped erase a 2-0 deficit during a four-run first. In the second, his second career slam completely left Fenway Park over the Green Monster and came after Jake Faria (0-1) walked the bases full to make it 8-2.

''I really don't think he wanted to throw me an offspeed (pitch) right there,'' Bogaerts said. ''I think the cold may have bothered him a little. I think he was a little bit erratic.''

Faria gave up a career-high eight runs while getting just five outs. He only threw 34 strikes in 73 pitches.

''It's frustrating, it's embarrassing,'' he said. ''I'm in the big leagues and I can't throw strikes to anybody.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier was out of the lineup because he was sick.

Red Sox: Cora said LHP Drew Pomeranz (strained left forearm flexor) was going to make a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday and is planned to go five or six innings. Cora also said that it's ''most likely'' that he'd return to the rotation if things went well.

STREAK CONTINUES

The Red Sox have won 22 straight games when they give Porcello three or more runs. In his last 33 starts when they've scored three-plus, he's 28-0 with a 3.26 ERA.

THEY END

The last slam by a Red Sox player was by Dustin Pedroia on Sept. 24, 2016, on the road against the Rays when Porcello picked up his last victory of his AL Cy Young Award-winning 22-4 season.

Also, Boston's starters had held opponents to one or no runs in the first seven games before the Rays scored twice on Brad Miller's double in the first.

CHILLIN'

With morning temperatures in the upper 30s, most of Boston's players that took BP on the field wore winter hats or had hooded sweatshirts over their heads.

Pitchers that got their throwing in were bundled up in right field. OF Andrew Benintendi and a few other starters decided to hit inside instead.

The Rays didn't hit on the field.

UP NEXT

Rays: With another bullpen game scheduled Sunday, Cash said they should be fine after using three relievers on Saturday, but he didn't name a starter.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez is set to make his 2018 debut. He's been on the disabled list since March 26th recovering from offseason right knee surgery.

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  • W: R. Porcello (2-0)L: J. Faria (0-1)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (1), X. Bogaerts (2), R. Devers (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Span LF41210001.273.346.409.7554.0
M. Smith RF40000022.200.294.200.494-1.0
C. Gomez CF41100010.115.207.269.4761.5
B. Miller 1B40120000.200.259.360.6194.0
M. Duffy 3B40000021.226.226.355.581-1.0
C. Cron DH30000011.167.167.250.417-0.5
W. Ramos C30000010.115.148.115.264-0.5
J. Wendle 2B31200010.313.294.438.7323.5
A. Hechavarria SS30000012.200.200.200.400-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF32100110.345.457.517.9744.5
    B. Holt RF10000000.000.333.000.3330.0
    A. Benintendi LF32000200.154.371.154.5254.0
    H. Ramirez 1B41100002.303.324.455.7782.0
    a- B. Swihart PH-1B10000000.200.333.200.5330.0
    J. Martinez DH22121110.259.323.481.8048.5
    X. Bogaerts SS32261110.371.405.7431.14814.5
    R. Devers 3B31221101.321.406.536.9429.0
    E. Nunez 2B40200001.258.258.484.7423.0
    J. Bradley CF40000004.115.207.192.3990.0
    S. Leon C40000001.111.111.111.2220.0
    • a-lined out for H. Ramirez in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Miller, J. Wendle (2)
    • RBI - D. Span (7), B. Miller 2 (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (2), X. Bogaerts (7), E. Nunez (4)
    • HR - J. Martinez, X. Bogaerts (2), R. Devers
    • SF - J. Martinez
    • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (4), X. Bogaerts 6 (9), R. Devers 2 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts 4 (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Faria (L, 0-1)1.258850114.293.00-20.0
    A. Pruitt4.11001205.191.0411.0
    C. Roe0.13220127.361.36-4.5
    S. Romo0.20000003.001.670.0
    D. Robertson1.00000000.000.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Faria (L, 0-1)1.2
    A. Pruitt4.1
    C. Roe0.1
    S. Romo0.2
    D. Robertson1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (W, 2-0)7.16330702.841.0325.5
    M. Walden1.20000203.601.004.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (W, 2-0)7.1
    M. Walden1.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 73-34, A. Pruitt 57-34, C. Roe 20-12, S. Romo 9-5, D. Robertson 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 5-6, S. Romo 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Faria 15, A. Pruitt 15, C. Roe 4, S. Romo 2, D. Robertson 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 94-66, M. Walden 12-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 9-6, M. Walden 1-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, M. Walden 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. Span LF41210001.273.346.409.7554.0
    M. Smith RF40000022.200.294.200.494-1.0
    C. Gomez CF41100010.115.207.269.4761.5
    B. Miller 1B40120000.200.259.360.6194.0
    M. Duffy 3B40000021.226.226.355.581-1.0
    C. Cron DH30000011.167.167.250.417-0.5
    W. Ramos C30000010.115.148.115.264-0.5
    J. Wendle 2B31200010.313.294.438.7323.5
    A. Hechavarria SS30000012.200.200.200.400-0.5
    Total323630097-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF32100110.345.457.517.9744.5
      B. Holt RF10000000.000.333.000.3330.0
      A. Benintendi LF32000200.154.371.154.5254.0
      H. Ramirez 1B41100002.303.324.455.7782.0
      a- B. Swihart PH-1B10000000.200.333.200.5330.0
      J. Martinez DH22121110.259.323.481.8048.5
      X. Bogaerts SS32261110.371.405.7431.14814.5
      R. Devers 3B31221101.321.406.536.9429.0
      E. Nunez 2B40200001.258.258.484.7423.0
      J. Bradley CF40000004.115.207.192.3990.0
      S. Leon C40000001.111.111.111.2220.0
      Total32109103639-----
      • a-lined out for H. Ramirez in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Miller, J. Wendle (2)
      • RBI - D. Span (7), B. Miller 2 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (2), X. Bogaerts (7), E. Nunez (4)
      • HR - J. Martinez, X. Bogaerts (2), R. Devers
      • SF - J. Martinez
      • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (4), X. Bogaerts 6 (9), R. Devers 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts 4 (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Faria (L, 0-1)1.258850114.293.00-20.0
      A. Pruitt4.11001205.191.0411.0
      C. Roe0.13220127.361.36-4.5
      S. Romo0.20000003.001.670.0
      D. Robertson1.00000000.000.003.0
      Total8.091010633---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Faria (L, 0-1)1.2
      A. Pruitt4.1
      C. Roe0.1
      S. Romo0.2
      D. Robertson1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 2-0)7.16330702.841.0325.5
      M. Walden1.20000203.601.004.0
      Total9.0633090---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 2-0)7.1
      M. Walden1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 73-34, A. Pruitt 57-34, C. Roe 20-12, S. Romo 9-5, D. Robertson 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 5-6, S. Romo 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Faria 15, A. Pruitt 15, C. Roe 4, S. Romo 2, D. Robertson 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 94-66, M. Walden 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 9-6, M. Walden 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, M. Walden 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Span singled to right center, Wendle scored310
      • 7TH INNING
        Devers homered to right center210
        Martinez homered to left center29
      • 2ND INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left, Betts, Benintendi and Martinez scored28
      • 1ST INNING
        Devers singled to right center, Bogaerts scored24
        Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Benintendi and Ramirez scored23
        Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Ramirez to second21
        Miller doubled to deep center, Span and Gomez scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Blake Swihart hit for Hanley Ramirez
        • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Miller flied out to left
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brock Holt in right
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Wendle doubled to deep left
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Span singled to right center, Wendle scored
        • Marcus Walden relieved Rick Porcello
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Span out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Robertson relieved Sergio Romo
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Holt popped out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi lined out to center
        • B. Swihart: Blake Swihart facing Daniel Robertson
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez lined out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy flied out to right
        • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chaz Roe relieved Austin Pruitt
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez homered to left center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Devers homered to right center
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez singled to deep left
        • Sergio Romo relieved Chaz Roe
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second, Nunez to second
        • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez grounded out to third
        • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Miller lined out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts flied out to deep center
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to third
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Hechavarria grounded out to third
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Span lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Nunez lined out to left
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Leon flied out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron grounded out to third
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • R. Devers: Foul, Devers grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Smith popped out to second
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gomez popped out to shortstop
        • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Miller grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Leon grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramos grounded out to second
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Wendle singled to right
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • D. Span: Span grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Leon flied out to deep center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked, Betts to second
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez popped out to first
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Betts to third, Benintendi to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts homered to left, Betts, Benintendi and Martinez scored
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball
        • Devers walked
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Nunez doubled to left, Devers to third
        • J. Bradley: Bradley lined out to second
        • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Span singled to right
        • M. Smith: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
        • C. Gomez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Gomez singled to right, Span to third
        • B. Miller: Miller doubled to deep center, Span and Gomez scored
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Duffy flied out to right
        • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts doubled to left center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to shallow left, Betts to third, Benintendi to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Ramirez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Benintendi and Ramirez scored
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Devers singled to right center, Bogaerts scored
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez popped out to second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)