Porcello pitches Red Sox past Yankees 6-3

BOSTON (AP) Rick Porcello looks a lot more like the pitcher who won the 2016 AL Cy Young Award than the one who lost 17 games last year.

That is one welcome development for the Boston Red Sox.

Porcello pitched seven scoreless innings, Mookie Betts drove in two runs and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-3 on Thursday night.

Porcello stayed in after a 45-minute rain delay and was working on a no-hitter before Aaron Judge's leadoff double in the seventh. He struck out six and walked none in his third straight win to begin the year.

''It seemed like he threw everything where he wanted to throw it,'' Boston first baseman Mitch Moreland said. ''It's fun playing behind a guy when he's going like that. Rick's great. He was on display tonight.''

The 29-year-old Porcello downplayed the significance of the delay before the between the fifth and sixth innings.

''I felt great,'' he said. ''Honestly, it wasn't a big deal at all. I went back out there for the sixth and felt fine.''

One night after the benches cleared twice and the longtime rivals brawled during New York's 10-7 win, there were no such incidents in the finale of the three-game set. Boston slugger Hanley Ramirez departed with a bruised wrist after he was hit by a pitch in the first, but everyone stayed in their respective dugouts.

The Red Sox won for the 10th time in 11 games, including a 14-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday. Moreland and Andrew Benintendi each had two hits and drove in a run.

It was more than enough offense for Porcello (3-0), who returned to the mound after the rain subsided and put the Yankees down in order in the sixth. Giancarlo Stanton followed Judge's double with an infield hit, but Porcello retired Didi Gregorius on a fly ball to right and struck out Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks to end the inning.

''This would have been nice after last night and getting beat up in Game 1, but we'll turn the page,'' New York manager Aaron Boone said. ''I was frustrated in the first half of the game.''

Sanchez got New York on the board with a three-run double to center off Marcus Walden in the ninth. Craig Kimbrel then came in and got three outs for his fourth save.

Boston manager Alex Cora said his relievers needed a break, so he had no problem bringing Porcello back out after the rain delay.

''We needed length tonight,'' Cora said, ''he did it.''

Yankees starter Sonny Gray (1-1) was pulled after a leadoff single by Moreland in the fourth. It was the seventh hit allowed by Gray, who also threw three wild pitches and hit a batter. He was charged with six runs and seven hits.

Gray threw a pair of wild pitches in the second and second baseman Tyler Wade made an error on a throw to home plate as the Red Sox sent nine batters to the plate.

''Kind of just one of those nights,'' Gray said. ''Scuffling to find the zone, didn't execute very well and made it hard all the way around.''

Eduardo Nunez led off the second with an infield single and Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a walk. Nunez advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Sandy Leon singled to right. Gray's troubles continued when he walked Brock Holt to load the bases with nobody out and Betts drove in Bradley with a sacrifice fly to center.

Benintendi hit a grounder right at Wade, whose throw to home got past Sanchez and allowed Leon to score. Moreland followed with a single to score Holt and put the Red Sox up 4-0 before Gray finally got out of the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Hicks (right intercostal strain) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and started at designated hitter. OF Shane Robinson was designated for assignment.

Red Sox: Ramirez's X-rays did not show any fracture, the club said. ... Cora said LHP David Price, who left Wednesday's game in the first inning with tingling in his pitching hand, felt good playing catch Thursday and could start Monday against Baltimore. ... Boston placed LHP Bobby Poyner (strained hamstring) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket.

RIVALRY REIGNITED

Major League Baseball suspended Boston reliever Joe Kelly for six games and New York's Tyler Austin for five games for their roles in the brawl Wednesday night. Each player appealed their punishments, and they are eligible to play while their appeals are considered. Kelly, Austin, Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin also were fined.

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-0, 4.82 ERA) makes his third start of the season as New York opens a three-game series Friday night at Detroit against Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (0-0, 7.36 ERA) faces Baltimore RHP Chris Tillman (0-2, 8.68 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series against the Orioles.

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This version corrects to the Yankees scored their runs in the ninth instead of eighth.

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  • W: R. Porcello (3-0)L: S. Gray (1-1)S: C. Kimbrel (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner CF40000021.245.362.347.709-1.0
A. Judge RF31100100.347.475.5921.0674.0
G. Stanton LF31100001.241.328.500.8285.0
D. Gregorius SS31000103.333.455.7381.1932.0
G. Sanchez C40130022.133.152.400.5524.0
A. Hicks DH40000013.250.250.250.500-0.5
N. Walker 1B40000011.209.292.233.524-0.5
T. Wade 2B40000031.097.176.161.338-1.5
R. Torreyes 3B30100010.353.353.529.8821.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40020011.370.455.6301.0851.5
    A. Benintendi LF50210002.231.400.333.7333.0
    H. Ramirez 1B00000000.357.417.548.9641.0
    M. Moreland PR-1B30210011.211.286.316.6022.5
    J. Martinez DH40000026.227.271.455.725-1.0
    R. Devers 3B40000015.233.320.395.715-0.5
    E. Nunez 2B32200001.250.283.432.7145.0
    T. Lin SS00000100.000.500.000.5001.0
    J. Bradley CF32110121.216.310.297.6075.0
    S. Leon C41110011.143.143.143.2862.5
    B. Holt SS-2B31000112.063.286.063.3481.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Judge (3), G. Sanchez (3), R. Torreyes (3)
      • RBI - G. Sanchez 3 (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Nunez (5), J. Bradley (3)
      • SF - M. Betts
      • RBI - M. Betts 2 (9), A. Benintendi (5), M. Moreland (2), J. Bradley, S. Leon
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Stanton
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Wade
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers 2 (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (L, 1-1)3.07662306.921.92-9.5
      D. German3.01000304.760.889.5
      T. Kahnle1.00001206.141.643.0
      A. Warren1.00000103.861.713.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (L, 1-1)3.0
      D. German3.0
      T. Kahnle1.0
      A. Warren1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 3-0)7.02000601.830.7632.0
      M. Walden1.02322206.001.50-2.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 4)1.00000200.001.0011.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 3-0)7.0
      M. Walden1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 4)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Gray 3 (3)
      • HBP - S. Gray
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 68-43, D. German 39-27, T. Kahnle 19-11, A. Warren 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 4-4, D. German 3-3, A. Warren 2-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 21, D. German 10, T. Kahnle 4, A. Warren 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Porcello
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 99-69, M. Walden 25-12, C. Kimbrel 14-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 8-7, M. Walden 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 24, M. Walden 8, C. Kimbrel 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner CF40000021.245.362.347.709-1.0
      A. Judge RF31100100.347.475.5921.0674.0
      G. Stanton LF31100001.241.328.500.8285.0
      D. Gregorius SS31000103.333.455.7381.1932.0
      G. Sanchez C40130022.133.152.400.5524.0
      A. Hicks DH40000013.250.250.250.500-0.5
      N. Walker 1B40000011.209.292.233.524-0.5
      T. Wade 2B40000031.097.176.161.338-1.5
      R. Torreyes 3B30100010.353.353.529.8821.5
      Total32343021012-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF40020011.370.455.6301.0851.5
        A. Benintendi LF50210002.231.400.333.7333.0
        H. Ramirez 1B00000000.357.417.548.9641.0
        M. Moreland PR-1B30210011.211.286.316.6022.5
        J. Martinez DH40000026.227.271.455.725-1.0
        R. Devers 3B40000015.233.320.395.715-0.5
        E. Nunez 2B32200001.250.283.432.7145.0
        T. Lin SS00000100.000.500.000.5001.0
        J. Bradley CF32110121.216.310.297.6075.0
        S. Leon C41110011.143.143.143.2862.5
        B. Holt SS-2B31000112.063.286.063.3481.5
        Total3368603920-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Judge (3), G. Sanchez (3), R. Torreyes (3)
          • RBI - G. Sanchez 3 (10)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Nunez (5), J. Bradley (3)
          • SF - M. Betts
          • RBI - M. Betts 2 (9), A. Benintendi (5), M. Moreland (2), J. Bradley, S. Leon
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - G. Stanton
          FIELDING
          • E - T. Wade
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Devers 2 (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray (L, 1-1)3.07662306.921.92-9.5
          D. German3.01000304.760.889.5
          T. Kahnle1.00001206.141.643.0
          A. Warren1.00000103.861.713.5
          Total8.0866390---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray (L, 1-1)3.0
          D. German3.0
          T. Kahnle1.0
          A. Warren1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (W, 3-0)7.02000601.830.7632.0
          M. Walden1.02322206.001.50-2.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 4)1.00000200.001.0011.0
          Total9.04322100---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (W, 3-0)7.0
          M. Walden1.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 4)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Gray 3 (3)
          • HBP - S. Gray
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 68-43, D. German 39-27, T. Kahnle 19-11, A. Warren 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 4-4, D. German 3-3, A. Warren 2-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 21, D. German 10, T. Kahnle 4, A. Warren 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - R. Porcello
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 99-69, M. Walden 25-12, C. Kimbrel 14-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 8-7, M. Walden 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 24, M. Walden 8, C. Kimbrel 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Sanchez doubled to deep right center, Judge, Stanton and Gregorius scored36
          • 3RD INNING
            Betts reached on fielder's choice to third, Bradley scored, Leon out at second06
            Bradley doubled to left, Nunez scored05
          • 2ND INNING
            Moreland singled to left center, Holt scored, Benintendi to third04
            Benintendi reached on fielder's choice to second, Leon scored, Holt to third, Benintendi to second on 2nd baseman Wade fielding error03
            Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Bradley scored, Leon to third, Holt to second02
            Leon singled to right center, Nunez scored, Bradley to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • M. Walden Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error, Judge to third
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius walked
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez doubled to deep right center, Judge, Stanton and Gregorius scored
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Marcus Walden
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hicks grounded out to first, Sanchez to third
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • T. Wade: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Marcus Walden relieved Rick Porcello
            • N. Walker: Walker grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Wade: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wade struck out looking
            • R. Torreyes: Torreyes doubled to deep center
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Warren relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • B. Holt: Holt grounded out to first
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Judge doubled to deep center
            • G. Stanton: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius flied out to deep right
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Domingo German
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • T. Lin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lin walked
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Leon lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Tzu-Wei Lin at shortstop
            • T. Wade: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Wade grounded out to first
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Torreyes struck out looking
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts popped out to first
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to right center
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks flied out to center
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Leon grounded out to third
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holt grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner flied out to left
            • A. Judge: Judge grounded out to second
            • G. Stanton: Foul, Ball, Stanton hit by pitch
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gregorius flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland singled to right center
            • Domingo German relieved Sonny Gray
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Martinez flied out to deep right
            • R. Devers: Foul, Foul, Devers fouled out to catcher
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Walker flied out to left
            • T. Wade: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Torreyes grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez doubled to deep left
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bradley doubled to left, Nunez scored
            • S. Leon: Foul, Strike looking, Bradley to third on wild pitch
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Betts reached on fielder's choice to third, Bradley scored, Leon out at second
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius flied out to center
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hicks flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nunez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley walked, Nunez to second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Nunez to third on wild pitch, Leon singled to right center, Nunez scored, Bradley to second
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked, Bradley to third, Leon to second
            • M. Betts: Betts hit sacrifice fly to center, Bradley scored, Leon to third, Holt to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi reached on fielder's choice to second, Leon scored, Holt to third, Benintendi to second on 2nd baseman Wade fielding error
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Moreland singled to left center, Holt scored, Benintendi to third
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland to second on wild pitch
            • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner grounded out to first
            • A. Judge: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Judge grounded out to third
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts popped out to second
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi singled to left
            • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez hit by pitch, Benintendi to second
            • Mitch Moreland ran for Hanley Ramirez
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez flied out to deep right, Benintendi to third
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers flied out to deep left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)