Betts, Benintendi power Red Sox past Orioles 6-3

BOSTON (AP) Sloppy, rainy and downright lousy weather didn't cool down the fast start Mookie Betts is off to this season.

Betts hit a two-run homer before Andrew Benintendi followed with a shot of his own in the fifth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 on Saturday night.

Betts is hitting a major-league best .368 with 15 homers and 32 RBIs out of the leadoff spot for the Red Sox.

''It's incredible. It's a lot of fun to watch. I don't know what to say,'' winning pitcher Rick Porcello said. ''When he gets his pitch, he's not missing it. When he doesn't get his pitch, he's not missing it.''

Benintendi added a two-run single and Rafael Devers a solo homer for the Red Sox, who won for the third time in four games and improved to 5-1 against Baltimore this season.

But it's Betts' torrid start that continues to impress his teammates.

''He's in a groove right now. But, it's not like he's hot-hot,'' Benintendi said. ''It feels like he can get hotter.''

Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, which snapped a 13-game road losing streak a night earlier against Boston.

''Keep them in the park, that's been a challenge for us in the starting pitching department,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''It's pretty obvious.''

Porcello (6-1) gave up three runs in six innings, matching his season high with nine strikeouts while walking three. He rebounded from two straight rough starts when he allowed five runs in each after opening the season by allowing three or fewer in his initial seven.

Craig Kimbrel, the third reliever, got three outs for his 13th save.

Dylan Bundy (2-6) allowed four runs in six innings, walking two and striking out eight.

''I had a good game plan, just got one fastball that leaked out middle and (Betts) was able to take advantage of it,'' Bundy said.

Boston snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fifth on the back-to-back homers by Betts and Benintendi. Betts turned on a 90-mph fastball, sending it into the Green Monster seats for his 15th homer after Sandy Leon had a leadoff double.

Four pitches later, Benintendi hit his into Baltimore's bullpen.

Alvarez's two-run shot sliced it to 4-3 in the sixth, but Benintendi's single through a draw-in infield made it 6-3 in the seventh.

Devers' drive went into the Monster seats.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Showalter said reliever Darren O'Day (10-day disabled list, hyperextended right elbow) is ''close'' to returning, but outfielder Colby Rasmus (DL, left hip flexor) ''was a little sore from all the action. We had to back a little bit off.''

Red Sox: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia (recovering from offseason left knee surgery) went 0 for 3 in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday and is scheduled to have Sunday off. Manager Alex Cora said he'd like to see him play consecutive games before coming back to the majors.

HOMER HAPPY

The Red Sox were last in the AL in homers last season, but entering Saturday they were second in majors with 62.

HOMER UNHAPPY

Bundy gave up three homers. He has allowed three or more in three of his last four starts after giving up just three total in his first six.

SLOPPY TRACK

The game was played with light-to-steady rain falling most of the night, forcing the grounds crew to bring out bags of a drying agent many times for the mound and infield.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Showalter said after the game that RHP David Hess (1-0, 4.50 ERA) would start the series finale Sunday.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1, 4.68 ERA) is scheduled to start against his former team. He's 4-5 with a 4.35 ERA against Baltimore in 11 career starts.

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BAL14-31
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BOS31-15
00013020X660
  • W: R. Porcello (6-1)L: D. Bundy (2-6)S: C. Kimbrel (13)
  • HR: BAL - P. Alvarez (8), BOS - M. Betts (15), R. Devers (8), A. Benintendi (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Mancini LF40100011.259.339.416.7540.5
A. Jones CF40100011.257.274.432.7050.5
M. Machado SS30100111.347.424.6651.0891.5
J. Schoop 2B30010012.236.274.406.6800.5
C. Davis 1B40000042.166.241.272.512-2.0
M. Trumbo RF41100020.279.290.397.6871.0
P. Alvarez DH31121100.198.303.500.8038.0
J. Peterson 3B30000111.185.321.262.5820.5
C. Sisco C41100021.228.299.380.6792.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF41121012.368.439.7671.2056.5
    A. Benintendi LF31231100.275.361.455.81612.0
    H. Ramirez 1B40000002.271.328.422.7500.0
    J. Martinez DH30000112.339.392.6491.0410.5
    X. Bogaerts SS30000132.301.336.545.881-0.5
    R. Devers 3B41111001.243.289.428.7176.0
    E. Nunez 2B40100011.241.262.367.6291.5
    S. Leon C22100101.208.263.283.5465.0
    J. Bradley CF21000122.161.261.242.5021.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Sisco (6)
      • HR - P. Alvarez (8)
      • SF - J. Schoop
      • RBI - J. Schoop (14), P. Alvarez 2 (16)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Nunez (11), S. Leon
      • HR - M. Betts (15), A. Benintendi (4), R. Devers (8)
      • RBI - M. Betts 2 (32), A. Benintendi 3 (27), R. Devers (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Peterson-Davis; Schoop-Machado-Davis)
      • E - M. Machado (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Bundy (L, 2-6)6.05442834.701.406.0
      T. Scott0.11222004.821.39-5.0
      M. Castro1.20001003.181.312.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Bundy (L, 2-6)6.0
      T. Scott0.1
      M. Castro1.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 6-1)6.06333913.391.0520.5
      J. Kelly (H, 6)1.00000202.110.894.0
      M. Barnes (H, 11)1.00000202.751.124.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 13)1.00000002.330.7210.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 6-1)6.0
      J. Kelly (H, 6)1.0
      M. Barnes (H, 11)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 13)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 98-69, T. Scott 24-11, M. Castro 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 4-6, M. Castro 3-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 25, T. Scott 4, M. Castro 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 107-67, J. Kelly 19-16, M. Barnes 18-13, C. Kimbrel 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 3-6, J. Kelly 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 27, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      BAL14-31
      001002000361
      BOS31-15
      00013020X660
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Mancini LF40100011.259.339.416.7540.5
      A. Jones CF40100011.257.274.432.7050.5
      M. Machado SS30100111.347.424.6651.0891.5
      J. Schoop 2B30010012.236.274.406.6800.5
      C. Davis 1B40000042.166.241.272.512-2.0
      M. Trumbo RF41100020.279.290.397.6871.0
      P. Alvarez DH31121100.198.303.500.8038.0
      J. Peterson 3B30000111.185.321.262.5820.5
      C. Sisco C41100021.228.299.380.6792.0
      Total3236313139-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF41121012.368.439.7671.2056.5
        A. Benintendi LF31231100.275.361.455.81612.0
        H. Ramirez 1B40000002.271.328.422.7500.0
        J. Martinez DH30000112.339.392.6491.0410.5
        X. Bogaerts SS30000132.301.336.545.881-0.5
        R. Devers 3B41111001.243.289.428.7176.0
        E. Nunez 2B40100011.241.262.367.6291.5
        S. Leon C22100101.208.263.283.5465.0
        J. Bradley CF21000122.161.261.242.5021.0
        Total2966635813-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Sisco (6)
          • HR - P. Alvarez (8)
          • SF - J. Schoop
          • RBI - J. Schoop (14), P. Alvarez 2 (16)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Nunez (11), S. Leon
          • HR - M. Betts (15), A. Benintendi (4), R. Devers (8)
          • RBI - M. Betts 2 (32), A. Benintendi 3 (27), R. Devers (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Benintendi (8)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Peterson-Davis; Schoop-Machado-Davis)
          • E - M. Machado (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Bundy (L, 2-6)6.05442834.701.406.0
          T. Scott0.11222004.821.39-5.0
          M. Castro1.20001003.181.312.0
          Total8.0666583---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Bundy (L, 2-6)6.0
          T. Scott0.1
          M. Castro1.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (W, 6-1)6.06333913.391.0520.5
          J. Kelly (H, 6)1.00000202.110.894.0
          M. Barnes (H, 11)1.00000202.751.124.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 13)1.00000002.330.7210.0
          Total9.06333131---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (W, 6-1)6.0
          J. Kelly (H, 6)1.0
          M. Barnes (H, 11)1.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 13)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 98-69, T. Scott 24-11, M. Castro 15-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 4-6, M. Castro 3-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 25, T. Scott 4, M. Castro 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 107-67, J. Kelly 19-16, M. Barnes 18-13, C. Kimbrel 11-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 3-6, J. Kelly 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 27, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Benintendi singled to center, Leon and Bradley scored36
          • 6TH INNING
            Alvarez homered to left, Trumbo scored34
          • 5TH INNING
            Benintendi homered to right14
            Betts homered to left center, Leon scored13
          • 4TH INNING
            Devers homered to left11
          • 3RD INNING
            Schoop hit sacrifice fly to left, Sisco scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
            • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Alvarez flied out to right
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Peterson popped out to shortstop
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Sisco flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schoop flied out to right
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Castro Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • R. Devers: Devers fouled out to third
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bogaerts out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Joe Kelly relieved Rick Porcello
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mancini grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Jones: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tanner Scott relieved Dylan Bundy
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon walked
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Leon to second
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Betts flied out to deep right, Leon to third, Bradley to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Leon and Bradley scored
            • Miguel Castro relieved Tanner Scott
            • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ramirez safe at first on shortstop Machado fielding error, Benintendi to second
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded into double play third to first, Benintendi out at third
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Trumbo reached on an infield single to second
            • P. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alvarez homered to left, Trumbo scored
            • J. Peterson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Peterson lined out to center
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Devers flied out to deep left
            • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Mancini flied out to deep center
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones flied out to right
            • M. Machado: Ball, Machado singled to center
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Leon doubled to left center
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bradley struck out on foul tip
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts homered to left center, Leon scored
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Foul, Foul, Benintendi homered to right
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • M. Trumbo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to third
            • P. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Alvarez grounded out to second
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peterson walked
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers homered to left
            • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Strike swinging, Sisco doubled to deep right
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
            • A. Jones: Foul, Jones singled to left, Sisco to third
            • M. Machado: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked, Jones to second
            • J. Schoop: Schoop hit sacrifice fly to left, Sisco scored
            • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts lined out to left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alvarez walked
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Devers flied out to deep center
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez doubled to left center
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon flied out to deep right, Nunez to third
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mancini singled to shallow center
            • A. Jones: Jones fouled out to first
            • M. Machado: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Machado lined out to shortstop
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Schoop grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Benintendi stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)