Nunez hits 3-run HR, Red Sox top Orioles 7-3 for 11-2 start

BOSTON (AP) Eduardo Rodriguez's second start of the season went considerably better than his first, and the Boston Red Sox kept rolling to their best start in 100 years.

The left-hander struck out eight over six stingy innings, Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run homer and the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Friday night, improving to 11-2 for only the second time in team history.

Rodriguez lasted just 3 2/3 innings Sunday in his season debut against Tampa Bay, allowing three earned runs and five hits. Five days later he got himself out of an early jam in the first, holding the Orioles to one run on five hits and two walks with a mix of pitches he didn't show in his initial outing.

''That's what we want. I want him to attack,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''He keeps learning, but you can see it - his stuff is there. He's electric.''

Rafael Devers went 3 for 5 and scored twice for the Red Sox. J.D. Martinez had a pair of hits and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly during a four-run first inning, which put Boston in command on the way to its 11th victory in 12 games.

Mookie Betts added an RBI double in the second.

The Red Sox had already matched their best 12-game start with a 6-3 win over the Yankees on Thursday night. With this victory, Boston reached 11-2 to equal the 1918 club that went on to win the World Series.

Adam Jones hit a sacrifice fly in the first and Manny Machado had a two-run double in the seventh. Chris Tillman (0-3) struggled through the first two-plus innings for Baltimore, which lost for the third time in four games.

Tillman ''came out a little crisper in the second inning, but just couldn't get the ball where he needed to get it,'' Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. ''Never really had a lot of things working in his favor. It was a struggle from the start.''

Trey Mancini scored the only run Rodriguez yielded after leading off the game with a single and scoring on Jones' sacrifice fly. Rodriguez settled down from there, striking out the side in the second and shutting out the Orioles for five straight innings.

Baltimore's only lead didn't last long. Betts reached on a leadoff walk, advanced to third on Mitch Moreland's one-out single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Martinez. Devers followed with a double, putting two on for Nunez, who drove a 1-1 pitch from Tillman into the seats atop the Green Monster.

Tillman faced three batters in the third before getting pulled with the bases loaded and nobody out. He was charged with six runs, seven hits and two walks. He did not have a strikeout for the second time in three starts.

Tillman was removed after hitting Jackie Bradley Jr. with a pitch. Pedro Araujo's first pitch got past catcher Caleb Joseph, and Devers raced in for another run to make it 6-0.

BALL OF CONFUSION

Jones led off the fourth with a hit down the right-field line, but ended up getting thrown out at second on an alert play by Betts. The ball bounced onto the rolled up tarp and stayed there for Betts to grab and throw to second in time to get Jones, who thought the ball was out of play and slowed up after rounding first.

The Orioles challenged and lost when the replay was reviewed.

''I pretty much just finished the play,'' Betts said. ''My instinct was just to grab it and make a play and ask questions later.''

STILL STRONG

The Red Sox held a pregame ceremony featuring survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. The ceremony also included families of some of the victims and was the first of three days of events marking the five-year anniversary of the day two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three and wounding 260.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Recalled LHP Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk. ... DH Mark Trumbo (right quad strain) will resume a rehab assignment next week after a setback in one game with Double-A Bowie on Tuesday night. ... RHP Gabriel Ynoa was getting an MRI on his pitching shoulder.

Red Sox: 1B-DH Hanley Ramirez, who left Thursday's game with a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch in the first inning against New York, was not in the lineup. ... Cora said LHP David Price, who left in the first inning Wednesday with tingling in his pitching hand, will start Tuesday night when the Red Sox open a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Alex Cobb, who signed as a free agent in March, makes his Orioles debut. Cobb went 10-12 last year with a 3.66 ERA for Tampa Bay in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (1-0, 3.12) gets his second start after holding Tampa Bay to one run over 5 2/3 innings on April 1.

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (1-0)L: C. Tillman (0-3)
  • HR: BOS - E. Nunez (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Mancini LF42200111.273.369.345.7154.5
M. Machado SS40120002.316.409.544.9534.0
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A. Jones CF30110011.233.254.400.6541.5
D. Valencia DH20100101.176.333.412.7452.0
a- P. Alvarez PH-DH10000000.250.444.500.9440.0
C. Davis 1B40000033.111.231.178.409-1.5
T. Beckham 3B40000021.196.233.304.537-1.0
C. Gentry RF41100030.250.250.250.5000.5
C. Joseph C30000011.100.129.167.296-0.5
b- C. Sisco PH10100000.333.407.458.8661.0
  • a-grounded out for Valencia in the 8th
  • b-singled for Joseph in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41110115.360.450.6201.0704.5
A. Benintendi LF40000116.209.382.302.6840.5
M. Moreland 1B42100111.217.308.304.6123.5
J. Martinez DH40210002.250.283.479.7624.0
R. Devers 3B52300013.271.345.438.7835.5
E. Nunez 2B41231102.271.314.500.81410.0
J. Bradley CF30000012.200.304.275.5790.5
C. Vazquez C30000100.237.275.289.5641.0
T. Lin SS31200113.500.667.7501.4174.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Machado (4)
    • SF - A. Jones
    • RBI - M. Machado 2 (8), A. Jones (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Machado 2 (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (7), J. Martinez (3), R. Devers (5), T. Lin
    • HR - E. Nunez (2)
    • SF - J. Martinez (2)
    • RBI - M. Betts (10), J. Martinez (11), E. Nunez 3 (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Nunez 3 (4)
    FIELDING
    • PB - C. Joseph (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Betts
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Tillman (L, 0-3)2.076620111.912.82-14.0
    P. Araujo2.01001304.661.035.5
    M. Wright2.22113306.481.921.5
    D. Hart1.11000000.000.752.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Tillman (L, 0-3)2.0
    P. Araujo2.0
    M. Wright2.2
    D. Hart1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (W, 1-0)6.05112803.721.4524.0
    H. Hembree1.03220205.631.13-1.0
    J. Kelly1.00000106.351.413.5
    M. Barnes1.01000104.761.412.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (W, 1-0)6.0
    H. Hembree1.0
    J. Kelly1.0
    M. Barnes1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Wright
    • HBP - C. Tillman
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 57-31, P. Araujo 34-23, M. Wright 55-31, D. Hart 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 2-4, M. Wright 1-4, D. Hart 3-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 16, P. Araujo 8, M. Wright 13, D. Hart 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 104-64, H. Hembree 22-16, J. Kelly 9-5, M. Barnes 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-8, H. Hembree 1-0, J. Kelly 2-0, M. Barnes 2-0
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree 6, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BAL5-9
    100000200390
    BOS11-2
    41100100X7110
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Mancini LF42200111.273.369.345.7154.5
    M. Machado SS40120002.316.409.544.9534.0
    J. Schoop 2B40200012.230.266.344.6101.5
    E. Vielma 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    A. Jones CF30110011.233.254.400.6541.5
    D. Valencia DH20100101.176.333.412.7452.0
    a- P. Alvarez PH-DH10000000.250.444.500.9440.0
    C. Davis 1B40000033.111.231.178.409-1.5
    T. Beckham 3B40000021.196.233.304.537-1.0
    C. Gentry RF41100030.250.250.250.5000.5
    C. Joseph C30000011.100.129.167.296-0.5
    b- C. Sisco PH10100000.333.407.458.8661.0
    Total34393021212-----
    • a-grounded out for Valencia in the 8th
    • b-singled for Joseph in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF41110115.360.450.6201.0704.5
    A. Benintendi LF40000116.209.382.302.6840.5
    M. Moreland 1B42100111.217.308.304.6123.5
    J. Martinez DH40210002.250.283.479.7624.0
    R. Devers 3B52300013.271.345.438.7835.5
    E. Nunez 2B41231102.271.314.500.81410.0
    J. Bradley CF30000012.200.304.275.5790.5
    C. Vazquez C30000100.237.275.289.5641.0
    T. Lin SS31200113.500.667.7501.4174.5
    Total34711516624-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Machado (4)
      • SF - A. Jones
      • RBI - M. Machado 2 (8), A. Jones (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Machado 2 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (7), J. Martinez (3), R. Devers (5), T. Lin
      • HR - E. Nunez (2)
      • SF - J. Martinez (2)
      • RBI - M. Betts (10), J. Martinez (11), E. Nunez 3 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Nunez 3 (4)
      FIELDING
      • PB - C. Joseph (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Betts
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Tillman (L, 0-3)2.076620111.912.82-14.0
      P. Araujo2.01001304.661.035.5
      M. Wright2.22113306.481.921.5
      D. Hart1.11000000.000.752.0
      Total8.01177661---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Tillman (L, 0-3)2.0
      P. Araujo2.0
      M. Wright2.2
      D. Hart1.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 1-0)6.05112803.721.4524.0
      H. Hembree1.03220205.631.13-1.0
      J. Kelly1.00000106.351.413.5
      M. Barnes1.01000104.761.412.5
      Total9.09332120---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 1-0)6.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Wright
      • HBP - C. Tillman
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 57-31, P. Araujo 34-23, M. Wright 55-31, D. Hart 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 2-4, M. Wright 1-4, D. Hart 3-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 16, P. Araujo 8, M. Wright 13, D. Hart 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 104-64, H. Hembree 22-16, J. Kelly 9-5, M. Barnes 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-8, H. Hembree 1-0, J. Kelly 2-0, M. Barnes 2-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree 6, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Machado doubled to deep center, Gentry and Mancini scored37
      • 6TH INNING
        Moreland scored, Martinez to third on wild pitch17
      • 3RD INNING
        Devers scored, Nunez to third, Bradley to second on passed ball16
      • 2ND INNING
        Betts doubled to left, Lin scored15
      • 1ST INNING
        Nunez homered to left, Moreland and Devers scored14
        Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored11
        Jones hit sacrifice fly to left, Mancini scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Beckham grounded out to third
        • C. Gentry: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gentry struck out looking
        • Chance Sisco hit for Caleb Joseph
        • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sisco singled to left
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Sisco out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Kelly relieved Heath Hembree
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • Pedro Alvarez hit for Danny Valencia
        • P. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez grounded out to second
        • C. Davis: Davis grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Engelb Vielma at second
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez singled to center
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers flied out to deep center
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Nunez grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Heath Hembree relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham grounded out to second
        • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gentry singled to shallow left
        • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Mancini singled to right, Gentry to second
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Machado doubled to deep center, Gentry and Mancini scored
        • J. Schoop: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wright Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Vazquez flied out to right
        • T. Lin: Ball, Ball, Lin singled to shallow center
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • Donnie Hart relieved Mike Wright
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Machado popped out to first
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schoop singled to center
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones lined out to left
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valencia walked, Schoop to second
        • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wright Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • M. Moreland: Moreland reached on fielder's choice to second, Benintendi out at second
        • J. Martinez: Martinez doubled to deep right center, Moreland to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland scored, Martinez to third on wild pitch
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley popped out to third
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gentry struck out swinging
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Joseph flied out to center
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Mike Wright relieved Pedro Araujo
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vazquez popped out to second
        • T. Lin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lin walked
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Betts flied out to deep left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Jones singled to shallow right, Jones out at second
        • D. Valencia: Valencia singled to shallow left
        • C. Davis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Araujo Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to right
        • R. Devers: Devers singled to shallow center
        • E. Nunez: Nunez lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Joseph lined out to right
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mancini walked
        • M. Machado: Machado lined out to left
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers singled to right
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez singled to shallow center, Devers to second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley hit by pitch, Devers to third, Nunez to second
        • Pedro Araujo relieved Chris Tillman
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Devers scored, Nunez to third, Bradley to second on passed ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
        • T. Lin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lin struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gentry struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vazquez flied out to center
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lin doubled to left
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts doubled to left, Lin scored
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to first, Betts to third
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Mancini singled to right
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado flied out to deep right
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Schoop singled to deep left, Mancini to third
        • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jones hit sacrifice fly to left, Mancini scored
        • D. Valencia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Valencia flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher, Betts to second
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland singled to center, Betts to third
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Devers doubled to left, Moreland to third
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez homered to left, Moreland and Devers scored
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)