Red Sox off to best start in 118-year history; beat O's 10-3

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox rookie manager Alex Cora cracked a smile when asked how he felt when he learned it was the best start in team history.

''I just heard it for the first time,'' Cora said after Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-3 on Saturday to get to 12-2.

In 118 years, the Red Sox had never reached 10 games over .500 that soon. Only once - in 1918 - had Boston started 11-2.

''I've been saying it for a while - we've been playing good baseball for a while, regardless of spring training,'' Cora said. ''We're playing clean and fast and pitching. We're proud of what they're doing.''

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Andrew Benintendi had a two-run single and an RBI double, and J.D. Martinez homered for the Red Sox.

''Our offense is doing what it's doing, and our pitching and our defense is consistent. We're dangerous,'' Benintendi said.

Alex Cobb (0-1) was roughed up in his Orioles debut, giving up eight runs - seven earned - in 3 2/3 innings. He signed a $57-million, 4-year deal as a free agent on March 21 after spending all 11 years of his professional career in Tampa Bay's organization.

''Just a little rusty,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''Physically, he's in good shape. He's only going to get better. Tough conditions and a really good-hitting club swinging the bat well right now.''

Pedro Alvarez had a two-run homer for Baltimore, which has lost four of five.

Cobb felt he was ready and gave credit to Boston's hitters.

''We did all we could do,'' he said. ''There is no replicating this. This is the best team in the world hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that.''

Hector Velazquez (2-0) gave up two runs in five innings. Marcus Walden pitched the final three innings for his first big-league save.

The Red Sox started fast as they've done frequently this season. They scored three in the first before making an out.

Mookie Betts opened with a walk and raced around to score on Benintendi's double off the Green Monster, sliding ahead of a relay throw.

Ramirez then followed with his homer into the Monster seats, making it 3-0.

Martinez homered into Baltimore's bullpen in the third.

Boston broke it open and chased Cobb with four more, making it 8-0 in the fourth. Benintendi hit his two-run single. Ramirez added an RBI double and scored on shortstop Manny Machando's throwing error - his second of the game.

''We're doing everything right and having fun,'' Ramirez said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Showalter said it happened on his last at-bat in Friday's loss. ''If you look at it, it was a little awkward,'' he said. ... Showalter also said OF Colby Rasmus (strained left hip flexor) likely won't be ready to come off the DL when he's eligible this week.

Red Sox: Betts bruised his left foot in a collision with catcher Chance Sisco's left shin guard when he scored in the first. He came out a few innings later. The team said X-rays were negative, but Cora said Betts will likely have Sunday off. ... Cora also said LHP Drew Pomeranz, recovering from a strained left forearm flexor since spring training, felt good after his second rehab start on Friday and could return to the rotation Thursday or Friday.

EAGER TO GO

Ramirez was back in the lineup after missing Friday's game with a bruised right wrist from getting hit by a pitch a night earlier.

''He actually beat me to the ballpark. That's a good sign,'' Cora joked.

SWITCH, NO PROBLEM

Jackie Bradley Jr. usually is Boston's center fielder. When Betts got hurt, he moved to right and made a headlong diving grab on Adam Jones' liner.

''Just saw it was pretty low and the only way I was going to catch it was if I left my feet,'' he said.

PICK SIX

The Red Sox have scored six or more runs in six straight games.

''We've got a lot of sluggers in that lineup,'' Cora said.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (0-1, 1.35 ERA) is set to pitch Sunday. He's given up just three earned runs in his first three starts, but Baltimore has scored only five total on the days he's pitched.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 1.06) looks to continue to his strong start, having allowed only two runs in 17 innings.

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BAL5-10
000020001393
BOS12-2
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  • W: H. Velazquez (2-0)L: A. Cobb (0-1)S: M. Walden (1)
  • HR: BAL - P. Alvarez (2), BOS - H. Ramirez (3), J. Martinez (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Mancini LF40200001.288.377.373.7503.0
P. Alvarez DH31221101.304.484.6521.1369.0
M. Machado SS40100013.311.400.525.9250.5
E. Vielma SS00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Jones CF40100003.234.254.391.6441.0
C. Gentry CF00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
C. Davis 1B41200010.143.250.224.4743.5
T. Beckham 2B40000023.183.219.283.502-1.0
C. Sisco C40010021.286.355.393.7480.0
D. Valencia 3B40000020.143.280.333.613-1.0
A. Santander RF31100010.205.262.359.6212.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF11000101.353.452.6081.0592.0
    B. Swihart LF31210002.333.400.444.8445.0
    A. Benintendi LF-CF52230024.229.383.333.7177.0
    H. Ramirez 1B52231011.362.415.6171.03210.5
    J. Martinez DH51321000.283.310.547.8589.0
    R. Devers 3B50000003.245.317.396.7130.0
    J. Bradley CF-RF30100100.209.320.279.5992.0
    S. Leon C41100002.167.167.167.3332.0
    B. Holt 2B41200001.150.320.200.5204.0
    T. Lin SS41200003.500.600.6251.2253.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Mancini (2), C. Davis, A. Santander (3)
      • HR - P. Alvarez (2)
      • RBI - P. Alvarez 2 (7), C. Sisco (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - P. Alvarez 2 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Swihart, A. Benintendi (3), H. Ramirez (3), B. Holt
      • HR - H. Ramirez (3), J. Martinez (3)
      • RBI - B. Swihart, A. Benintendi 3 (8), H. Ramirez 3 (15), J. Martinez 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Swihart, A. Benintendi 2 (3), H. Ramirez (5), J. Martinez (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Machado 2 (2), D. Valencia
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (L, 0-1)3.2108710217.183.00-14.0
      M. Castro2.03111103.971.411.5
      D. Hart1.12100100.001.131.5
      M. Givens1.00000106.231.503.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (L, 0-1)3.2
      M. Castro2.0
      D. Hart1.1
      M. Givens1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Velazquez (W, 2-0)5.06221513.291.2415.5
      J. Kelly1.00000105.401.203.5
      M. Walden (S, 1)3.03110305.001.3313.5
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Velazquez (W, 2-0)5.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      M. Walden (S, 1)3.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 79-49, M. Castro 42-27, D. Hart 22-15, M. Givens 6-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 4-6, M. Castro 3-2, D. Hart 2-2, M. Givens 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 21, M. Castro 10, D. Hart 7, M. Givens 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 86-58, J. Kelly 12-7, M. Walden 48-31
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 2-7, M. Walden 5-0
      • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 21, J. Kelly 3, M. Walden 11
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BAL5-10
      000020001393
      BOS12-2
      30140110X10150
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Mancini LF40200001.288.377.373.7503.0
      P. Alvarez DH31221101.304.484.6521.1369.0
      M. Machado SS40100013.311.400.525.9250.5
      E. Vielma SS00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      A. Jones CF40100003.234.254.391.6441.0
      C. Gentry CF00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
      C. Davis 1B41200010.143.250.224.4743.5
      T. Beckham 2B40000023.183.219.283.502-1.0
      C. Sisco C40010021.286.355.393.7480.0
      D. Valencia 3B40000020.143.280.333.613-1.0
      A. Santander RF31100010.205.262.359.6212.5
      Total3439311912-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF11000101.353.452.6081.0592.0
        B. Swihart LF31210002.333.400.444.8445.0
        A. Benintendi LF-CF52230024.229.383.333.7177.0
        H. Ramirez 1B52231011.362.415.6171.03210.5
        J. Martinez DH51321000.283.310.547.8589.0
        R. Devers 3B50000003.245.317.396.7130.0
        J. Bradley CF-RF30100100.209.320.279.5992.0
        S. Leon C41100002.167.167.167.3332.0
        B. Holt 2B41200001.150.320.200.5204.0
        T. Lin SS41200003.500.600.6251.2253.0
        Total391015922317-----
        HITTERSAB
        M. Betts RF1
        B. Swihart LF3
        A. Benintendi LF-CF5
        H. Ramirez 1B5
        J. Martinez DH5
        R. Devers 3B5
        J. Bradley CF-RF3
        S. Leon C4
        B. Holt 2B4
        T. Lin SS4
        Total39
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Mancini (2), C. Davis, A. Santander (3)
          • HR - P. Alvarez (2)
          • RBI - P. Alvarez 2 (7), C. Sisco (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - P. Alvarez 2 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Swihart, A. Benintendi (3), H. Ramirez (3), B. Holt
          • HR - H. Ramirez (3), J. Martinez (3)
          • RBI - B. Swihart, A. Benintendi 3 (8), H. Ramirez 3 (15), J. Martinez 2 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Swihart, A. Benintendi 2 (3), H. Ramirez (5), J. Martinez (6)
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Machado 2 (2), D. Valencia
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cobb (L, 0-1)3.2108710217.183.00-14.0
          M. Castro2.03111103.971.411.5
          D. Hart1.12100100.001.131.5
          M. Givens1.00000106.231.503.5
          Total8.015108232---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cobb (L, 0-1)3.2
          M. Castro2.0
          D. Hart1.1
          M. Givens1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Velazquez (W, 2-0)5.06221513.291.2415.5
          J. Kelly1.00000105.401.203.5
          M. Walden (S, 1)3.03110305.001.3313.5
          Total9.0933191---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Velazquez (W, 2-0)5.0
          J. Kelly1.0
          M. Walden (S, 1)3.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 79-49, M. Castro 42-27, D. Hart 22-15, M. Givens 6-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 4-6, M. Castro 3-2, D. Hart 2-2, M. Givens 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 21, M. Castro 10, D. Hart 7, M. Givens 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 86-58, J. Kelly 12-7, M. Walden 48-31
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 2-7, M. Walden 5-0
          • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 21, J. Kelly 3, M. Walden 11
          • 9TH INNING
            Sisco grounded out to shortstop, Davis scored310
          • 7TH INNING
            Swihart singled to center, Holt scored, Lin to third210
          • 6TH INNING
            Martinez singled to deep left, Swihart scored29
          • 5TH INNING
            Alvarez homered to center, Santander scored28
          • 4TH INNING
            Martinez safe at first on shortstop Machado fielding error, Ramirez scored, Martinez to second08
            Ramirez doubled to deep left, Benintendi scored07
            Benintendi singled to right, Leon and Lin scored, Benintendi to second06
          • 3RD INNING
            Martinez homered to right center04
          • 1ST INNING
            Ramirez homered to left, Benintendi scored03
            Benintendi doubled to left center, Betts scored, Benintendi to third on shortstop Machado fielding error01
          • 9TH INNING
            • M. Walden Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Davis doubled to deep center
            • T. Beckham: Beckham grounded out to shortstop, Davis to third
            • C. Sisco: Sisco grounded out to shortstop, Davis scored
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Walden Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mancini grounded out to second
            • P. Alvarez: Alvarez singled to right
            • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Machado singled to right, Alvarez to second
            • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Jones grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Machado out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Mychal Givens relieved Donnie Hart
            • Engelb Vielma at shortstop
            • Craig Gentry in center
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to deep center
            • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Marcus Walden relieved Joe Kelly
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Foul, Sisco grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Santander struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hart Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to deep center
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Leon flied out to deep center
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Holt reached on an infield single to second
            • T. Lin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lin reached on fielder's choice to third, Holt to second on 3rd baseman Valencia fielding error
            • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Swihart singled to center, Holt scored, Lin to third
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Joe Kelly relieved Hector Velazquez
            • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Jones lined out to right
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis flied out to deep left
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Castro Pitching:
            • B. Swihart: Swihart doubled to deep left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez singled to deep left, Swihart scored
            • Donnie Hart relieved Miguel Castro
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Devers grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • D. Valencia: Valencia flied out to right
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Santander doubled to deep right
            • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Mancini lined out to left
            • P. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Alvarez homered to center, Santander scored
            • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Machado popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Castro Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Leon lined out to left
            • B. Holt: Foul, Holt doubled to left center, Bradley to third
            • T. Lin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lin lined into double play shortstop to third, Bradley out at third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Blake Swihart in left
            • A. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Jones singled to left center
            • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis singled to left, Jones to second
            • T. Beckham: Foul, Beckham grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Jones to third, Davis out at second
            • C. Sisco: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Leon singled to left
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Holt lined out to third
            • T. Lin: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Lin singled to center, Leon to second
            • B. Swihart: Foul, Foul, Ball, Swihart grounded out to first, Leon to third, Lin to second
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi singled to right, Leon and Lin scored, Benintendi to second
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep left, Benintendi scored
            • Miguel Castro relieved Alex Cobb
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez safe at first on shortstop Machado fielding error, Ramirez scored, Martinez to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Valencia grounded out to third
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Santander fouled out to third
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mancini doubled to left
            • P. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alvarez walked
            • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado lined out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez homered to right center
            • R. Devers: Devers flied out to left
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Holt grounded out to second
            • T. Lin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lin singled to right
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts fouled out to first
            • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi lined out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mancini singled to shallow center
            • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Alvarez lined out to center
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Machado struck out looking
            • A. Jones: Foul, Foul, Ball, Jones flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Benintendi doubled to left center, Betts scored, Benintendi to third on shortstop Machado fielding error
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ramirez homered to left, Benintendi scored
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez singled to center
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Devers grounded into double play second to first, Martinez out at second
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bradley singled to center
            • S. Leon: Leon flied out to center
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)