Red Sox extend best start in 118-year history, beat O's 3-1

BOSTON (AP) Even playing in wild chills below freezing couldn't slow down the red-hot Boston Red Sox.

Andrew Benintendi got three hits and the Red Sox extended the best start in their 118-year history, beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Sunday at frigid Fenway Park.

''I was miserable, nothing short of miserable,'' Boston ace Chris Sale said. ''I said it when I came out of the game: `This is the most miserable I've ever been on a baseball field, by far, not even close.'''

Mitch Moreland also had three hits for the Red Sox, who improved to a major league-best 13-2 under new manager Alex Cora.

''There was no complaining. They knew the conditions were going to be awful,'' Cora said.

Boston completed an abbreviated three-game sweep and finished 8-1 on its first homestand of the season. The series was supposed to last four games, but the traditional Patriots' Day game scheduled for Monday morning at 11:05 a.m. was postponed late Sunday afternoon due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain throughout the day.

The game will be made up May 17, which had been an off day for both teams prior to their next series at Fenway.

It's the first time the Patriots' Day game in Boston has been postponed since 1984.

Manny Machado had an RBI double for Baltimore, which has lost five of six.

Players on both teams wore extra layers, many with neck wraps or head shells. Fenway Park, usually packed with fans, was less than half-full in conditions that made it feel more like a New England Patriots home game in mid-December. The Red Sox posted an announcement offering free hot chocolate to fans from the middle of the fifth inning on.

Heath Hembree (2-0) worked two innings of scoreless relief. Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his fifth save.

Sale gave up one run and two hits in five innings, striking eight and walking two. Orioles starter Dylan Bundy (0-2) allowed three runs - one earned - on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts, two walks and two wild pitches.

''It was tough,'' Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. ''Obviously, Chris Sale is an outstanding pitcher and we think Dylan is, too.''

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, the Red Sox tied it on Benintendi's RBI triple. They went ahead the next inning when J.D. Martinez scored on a wild pitch after reaching on third baseman Danny Valencia's fielding error and advancing on Moreland's double. Tzu-Wei Lin's RBI double made it 3-1.

Pitching in short sleeves with a game-time temperature of 34 degrees and a wild chill in the mid-20s, the lanky Sale gave up hits to two of the first three batters in the game. Trey Mancini reached on an infield hit and scored on Machado's double.

Considering the forecast for Monday, neither team seemed surprised this one was played.

''I thought we would play today because I knew the weather for the next couple of days doesn't look very good,'' Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said. ''I thought if there was a chance for us to play today, whether it was in the sleet and snow, I think we kind of expected to play.''

Before the game, Boston designated hitter Hanley Ramirez was asked if he could remember playing in such cold conditions.

''In the Dominican,'' he joked.

Then the slugger explained he doesn't like wearing long sleeves because they feel ''tight.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop missed his second straight game after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right oblique.

Red Sox: Cora gave OF Mookie Betts the day off after he bruised his left foot sliding into the plate and colliding with Baltimore catcher Chance Sisco's shin guard.

SOMBER MEMORY

There was a moment of silence commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Two bombs went off near the finish line less than an hour after the Red Sox completed their annual Patriots' Day game on April 15, 2013.

NOT WORRIED

Cora said he never considered not pitching Sale in the rough conditions because the lefty had worked in the cold when he was with the White Sox.

''I think it's tough to play anybody in these conditions,'' Cora said. ''Somebody that's capable of doing it is him - he played in Chicago.

''I read an article - I think it was (in) 2016, Robin (Ventura) was his manager and said: `I know it's miserable, but it's a happy day when you have your ace going.'''

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (1-1, 2.50 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series Tuesday in Detroit.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (1-1, 2.40) pitches the opener of a nine-game road trip Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Price left his last start Wednesday after feeling a ''sensation'' in his throwing hand.

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  • W: H. Hembree (2-0)L: D. Bundy (0-2)S: C. Kimbrel (5)
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C. Gentry CF20100211.273.333.273.6064.5
M. Machado SS40110003.308.392.523.9153.0
A. Jones DH40000012.221.239.368.607-0.5
D. Valencia 3B20000102.130.286.304.5901.0
a- P. Alvarez PH10000010.292.469.6251.094-0.5
C. Davis 1B40000031.132.233.208.441-1.5
T. Beckham 2B30000021.175.209.270.479-1.0
A. Santander RF30000030.190.244.333.578-1.5
C. Joseph C20000010.094.121.156.277-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Valencia in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Joseph in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bradley RF41000003.191.296.255.5523.0
A. Benintendi CF40310000.269.406.423.8299.0
H. Ramirez DH40000023.333.386.569.955-1.0
J. Martinez LF31000121.268.306.518.8241.0
M. Moreland 1B41300001.296.367.444.8116.0
R. Devers 3B30100122.250.328.393.7211.0
C. Vazquez C40000025.214.250.262.512-1.0
B. Holt 2B40100003.167.310.208.5191.0
T. Lin SS40210001.500.571.6671.2384.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Machado (5)
    • RBI - M. Machado (9)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Benintendi (4), M. Moreland 2 (4), T. Lin (2)
    • 3B - A. Benintendi (2)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (9), T. Lin
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (4), T. Lin
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Gentry (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Bradley (2), A. Benintendi (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - T. Mancini (3)
    • E - D. Valencia (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Bundy (L, 0-2)5.27312601.401.093.0
    R. Bleier2.13000200.751.004.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Bundy (L, 0-2)5.2
    R. Bleier2.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale5.02112801.230.9514.0
    H. Hembree (W, 2-0)2.01000204.501.0013.0
    M. Barnes (H, 3)1.00001204.051.353.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 5)1.00000200.000.8611.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale5.0
    H. Hembree (W, 2-0)2.0
    M. Barnes (H, 3)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 5)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Bundy 2 (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 94-68, R. Bleier 30-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 3-9, R. Bleier 3-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 27, R. Bleier 9
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 93-56, H. Hembree 23-13, M. Barnes 20-11, C. Kimbrel 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-2, H. Hembree 2-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 19, H. Hembree 7, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    T. Mancini LF41100010.286.370.365.7351.5
    C. Gentry CF20100211.273.333.273.6064.5
    M. Machado SS40110003.308.392.523.9153.0
    A. Jones DH40000012.221.239.368.607-0.5
    D. Valencia 3B20000102.130.286.304.5901.0
    a- P. Alvarez PH10000010.292.469.6251.094-0.5
    C. Davis 1B40000031.132.233.208.441-1.5
    T. Beckham 2B30000021.175.209.270.479-1.0
    A. Santander RF30000030.190.244.333.578-1.5
    C. Joseph C20000010.094.121.156.277-0.5
    b- C. Sisco PH-C10000010.276.344.379.723-0.5
    Total30131031410-----
    • a-struck out for Valencia in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Joseph in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Bradley RF41000003.191.296.255.5523.0
    A. Benintendi CF40310000.269.406.423.8299.0
    H. Ramirez DH40000023.333.386.569.955-1.0
    J. Martinez LF31000121.268.306.518.8241.0
    M. Moreland 1B41300001.296.367.444.8116.0
    R. Devers 3B30100122.250.328.393.7211.0
    C. Vazquez C40000025.214.250.262.512-1.0
    B. Holt 2B40100003.167.310.208.5191.0
    T. Lin SS40210001.500.571.6671.2384.0
    Total34310202819-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Machado (5)
      • RBI - M. Machado (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (4), M. Moreland 2 (4), T. Lin (2)
      • 3B - A. Benintendi (2)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (9), T. Lin
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (4), T. Lin
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Gentry (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Bradley (2), A. Benintendi (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Mancini (3)
      • E - D. Valencia (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Bundy (L, 0-2)5.27312601.401.093.0
      R. Bleier2.13000200.751.004.0
      Total8.01031280---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Bundy (L, 0-2)5.2
      R. Bleier2.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale5.02112801.230.9514.0
      H. Hembree (W, 2-0)2.01000204.501.0013.0
      M. Barnes (H, 3)1.00001204.051.353.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 5)1.00000200.000.8611.0
      Total9.03113140---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale5.0
      H. Hembree (W, 2-0)2.0
      M. Barnes (H, 3)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 5)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Bundy 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 94-68, R. Bleier 30-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 3-9, R. Bleier 3-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 27, R. Bleier 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 93-56, H. Hembree 23-13, M. Barnes 20-11, C. Kimbrel 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 5-2, H. Hembree 2-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 19, H. Hembree 7, M. Barnes 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Lin doubled to deep right, Moreland scored, Holt to third13
        Martinez scored on wild pitch12
      • 5TH INNING
        Benintendi tripled to right, Bradley scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Machado doubled to deep left, Mancini scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones lined out to right
        • Pedro Alvarez hit for Danny Valencia
        • P. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Heath Hembree
        • Chance Sisco hit for Caleb Joseph
        • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sisco struck out looking
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • C. Gentry: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gentry walked
        • M. Machado: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Machado flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Bleier Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Devers singled to center
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vazquez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Devers out at second
        • B. Holt: Holt flied out to center
        • T. Lin: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Lin grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • H. Hembree Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded out to first
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • A. Santander: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Bleier Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi singled to right
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Moreland singled to left center, Benintendi out at home
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Heath Hembree relieved Chris Sale
        • C. Gentry: Foul, Ball, Foul, Gentry singled to right
        • M. Machado: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Machado popped out to shortstop
        • A. Jones: Jones flied out to deep left
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Valencia grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez safe at first on 3rd baseman Valencia fielding error
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep left, Martinez to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Martinez scored on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Holt reached on an infield single to third, Moreland to third
        • T. Lin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lin doubled to deep right, Moreland scored, Holt to third
        • Richard Bleier relieved Dylan Bundy
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • A. Santander: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Santander struck out on foul tip
        • C. Joseph: Strike swinging, Joseph grounded out to third
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Mancini grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Holt lined out to first
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lin singled to right center
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Bradley reached on fielder's choice to first, Lin out at second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bradley stole second, Benintendi tripled to right, Bradley scored
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valencia walked
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez walked
        • M. Moreland: Moreland fouled out to third
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez to second on wild pitch, Vazquez popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mancini grounded out to first
        • C. Gentry: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gentry walked
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Gentry stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Machado popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Lin flied out to deep right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley grounded out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi doubled to deep left
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Beckham flied out to center
        • A. Santander: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep right
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers walked
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Foul, Foul, Foul, Holt fouled out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Mancini reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Gentry: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gentry struck out looking
        • M. Machado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Machado doubled to deep left, Mancini scored
        • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to second, Machado to third
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valencia grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi popped out to shortstop
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez popped out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)