Moreland, Benintendi homer in Boston 9-3 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) With Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list, Boston's offense stepped up Sunday night to earn a split against the World Series champions.

Rick Porcello pitched well into the seventh, Mitch Moreland and Andrew Benintendi each homered and the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 9-3.

''To come out and put some runs against (Charlie Morton) and let Rick settle in and do his thing, that was a big one for us,'' Moreland said. ''We kept scoring throughout the game and never let up. That was a good win for us.''

Boston slugger J.D. Martinez left in the ninth inning with back spasms. Cameras showed him talking to a team trainer in the dugout and pointing to his lower back after being pinch hit for by Sam Travis. Boston manager Alex Cora said Martinez was OK, and he pulled him mostly because he believed the game was in-hand.

''I told him `Hey man, we are up four with the best closer in the game. If we can't shut it down without you, we don't deserve to win the game,''' Cora said.

Travis hit a two-run single.

Porcello (8-2) allowed three runs - two earned - on five hits with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Porcello has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his 13 starts this season.

''These last two games were big for us,'' Porcello said. ''It's early June, but we dropped the first two games, and we felt like we needed to punch back a little on them.''

Moreland, who had three hits, hit a two-run homer to center in the first to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Benintendi hit a solo homer in the fifth.

Brock Holt knocked a two-run triple to center in the sixth, and Blake Swihart followed with an RBI single to chase Houston starter Charlie Morton (7-1). Holt added an RBI single in the eighth.

''We came here and we competed at a high level,'' Cora said. ''We know we're a little bit banged up but guys step up and the energy was great. We faced four of the best righties in the big leagues and we did a good job with them. We know that team is going to be around in October, and where we want to be probably are going to have to go through them.''

Morton was tagged for a season-high six runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

''It wasn't a great night for him,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said of Morton. ''You know both execution and getting the swings and misses he's accustomed to. He didn't generate hardly any swings and misses against lefties with the breaking ball.

Morton ended his career-best 10-game winning streak that dated to September. He had allowed three runs or fewer in each of his previous six starts.

''The fact I wasn't getting ahead a lot, missing locations and basically it was a two-pitch mix,'' Morton said. ''They did a great job getting to the heater. They were hitting the curveball hard. It was just one of those nights where I felt like my back was against the wall because they were putting together good at-bats and I wasn't locating and I wasn't getting ahead.''

George Springer led off the first with a solo home run to left for Houston. It was Springer's fourth leadoff homer of the season.

Alex Bregman cut the lead to 6-3 with a two-run single in the seventh.

Houston had opportunities with runners on base but struggled, finishing 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

''It's not frustrating,'' Jose Altuve said. ''We're going to do this a lot. Sometimes we're going to come here and we're going to have a lot of opportunities and we're going to execute. I don't think there's frustration around this clubhouse.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF Josh Reddick, who is on the 10-day disabled list with an infection in his left knee, went 1 for 4 with a single while playing right field in a rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi. ... IF/OF Marwin Gonzalez was out of the lineup Sunday. Gonzalez left Saturday's game with right knee soreness after making a leaping catch at the wall in the third inning.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Following a day off Monday, RHP Steven Wright (1-0) will make his first start of the year Tuesday against the Tigers. Wright has a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings spanning six relief appearances, but he hasn't allowed a run over his last four appearances. Cora said the rest of the starting rotation will be pushed back a day.

Astros: After an off-day Monday, LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-7) will start the first of a two-game series against the Mariners on Tuesday. Keuchel is 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA over his last six starts against the Mariners. Keuchel has allowed 10 runs in 16 innings over his last three starts.

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  • W: R. Porcello (8-2)L: C. Morton (7-1)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (10), A. Benintendi (9), HOU - G. Springer (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF52211031.296.381.537.9187.5
X. Bogaerts SS51200001.281.337.515.8525.0
J. Martinez DH40000012.315.374.6481.023-0.5
a- S. Travis PH-DH101200001.0001.0001.0002.0003.0
M. Moreland 1B42321101.305.369.6311.00111.0
E. Nunez 3B42300011.259.278.383.6617.5
J. Bradley CF40000036.192.284.293.578-1.5
B. Holt 2B41230012.319.388.473.8617.5
B. Swihart RF40110023.157.232.176.4090.0
S. Leon C41100021.253.298.367.6651.0
  • a-singled for Martinez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF21111201.290.360.508.8689.0
A. Bregman 3B40120113.260.375.422.7973.5
J. Altuve 2B50100036.329.375.454.829-0.5
C. Correa SS40100024.263.347.469.8160.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40100002.291.316.379.6952.0
E. Gattis DH40000013.224.293.429.723-0.5
J. Davis LF40000001.200.321.267.5870.0
M. Stassi C31000011.273.345.505.8511.5
T. Kemp CF21000100.261.364.370.7332.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Benintendi (15), X. Bogaerts 2 (16)
    • 3B - B. Holt
    • HR - A. Benintendi (9), M. Moreland (10)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (41), S. Travis 2 (2), M. Moreland 2 (30), B. Holt 3 (13), B. Swihart (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland 2 (8), B. Holt (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Gurriel (13)
    • HR - G. Springer (13)
    • SH - T. Kemp (2)
    • RBI - G. Springer (36), A. Bregman 2 (27)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Nunez (3)
    • CS - B. Swihart
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Holt-Bogaerts-Moreland)
    • E - M. Moreland, E. Nunez (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Davis, T. Kemp
    • DP - (Kemp-Correa-Bregman)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (W, 8-2)6.15322513.591.1321.5
    M. Barnes (H, 14)1.20000202.100.944.0
    H. Hembree1.00002104.441.441.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (W, 8-2)6.1
    M. Barnes (H, 14)1.2
    H. Hembree1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton (L, 7-1)5.19661722.841.08-2.5
    T. Sipp1.00000102.841.113.5
    C. McHugh1.23110301.320.950.5
    K. Giles1.03220205.211.26-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton (L, 7-1)5.1
    T. Sipp1.0
    C. McHugh1.2
    K. Giles1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Porcello 2 (8)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 88-54, M. Barnes 25-16, H. Hembree 28-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 8-7, M. Barnes 3-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 29, M. Barnes 5, H. Hembree 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Morton (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 100-63, T. Sipp 12-9, C. McHugh 32-20, K. Giles 23-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-5, K. Giles 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, T. Sipp 2, C. McHugh 7, K. Giles 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF52211031.296.381.537.9187.5
    X. Bogaerts SS51200001.281.337.515.8525.0
    J. Martinez DH40000012.315.374.6481.023-0.5
    a- S. Travis PH-DH101200001.0001.0001.0002.0003.0
    M. Moreland 1B42321101.305.369.6311.00111.0
    E. Nunez 3B42300011.259.278.383.6617.5
    J. Bradley CF40000036.192.284.293.578-1.5
    B. Holt 2B41230012.319.388.473.8617.5
    B. Swihart RF40110023.157.232.176.4090.0
    S. Leon C41100021.253.298.367.6651.0
    Total399159211318-----
    • a-singled for Martinez in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF21111201.290.360.508.8689.0
    A. Bregman 3B40120113.260.375.422.7973.5
    J. Altuve 2B50100036.329.375.454.829-0.5
    C. Correa SS40100024.263.347.469.8160.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40100002.291.316.379.6952.0
    E. Gattis DH40000013.224.293.429.723-0.5
    J. Davis LF40000001.200.321.267.5870.0
    M. Stassi C31000011.273.345.505.8511.5
    T. Kemp CF21000100.261.364.370.7332.0
    Total3235314821-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (15), X. Bogaerts 2 (16)
      • 3B - B. Holt
      • HR - A. Benintendi (9), M. Moreland (10)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (41), S. Travis 2 (2), M. Moreland 2 (30), B. Holt 3 (13), B. Swihart (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland 2 (8), B. Holt (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (13)
      • HR - G. Springer (13)
      • SH - T. Kemp (2)
      • RBI - G. Springer (36), A. Bregman 2 (27)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Nunez (3)
      • CS - B. Swihart
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Holt-Bogaerts-Moreland)
      • E - M. Moreland, E. Nunez (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Davis, T. Kemp
      • DP - (Kemp-Correa-Bregman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 8-2)6.15322513.591.1321.5
      M. Barnes (H, 14)1.20000202.100.944.0
      H. Hembree1.00002104.441.441.5
      Total9.0532481---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 8-2)6.1
      M. Barnes (H, 14)1.2
      H. Hembree1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (L, 7-1)5.19661722.841.08-2.5
      T. Sipp1.00000102.841.113.5
      C. McHugh1.23110301.320.950.5
      K. Giles1.03220205.211.26-1.0
      Total9.015991132---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (L, 7-1)5.1
      T. Sipp1.0
      C. McHugh1.2
      K. Giles1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Porcello 2 (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 88-54, M. Barnes 25-16, H. Hembree 28-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 8-7, M. Barnes 3-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 29, M. Barnes 5, H. Hembree 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Morton (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 100-63, T. Sipp 12-9, C. McHugh 32-20, K. Giles 23-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-5, K. Giles 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, T. Sipp 2, C. McHugh 7, K. Giles 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Travis singled to center, Leon and Bogaerts scored93
      • 8TH INNING
        Holt singled to left center, Nunez scored73
      • 7TH INNING
        Bregman singled to left, Stassi and Kemp scored, Springer to second63
      • 6TH INNING
        Swihart singled to center, Holt scored61
        Holt tripled to deep right center, Moreland and Nunez scored51
      • 5TH INNING
        Benintendi homered to right31
      • 1ST INNING
        Springer homered to left center21
        Moreland homered to center, Benintendi scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Collin McHugh
        • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Leon singled to left center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Leon to third
        • Sam Travis hit for J.D. Martinez
        • S. Travis: Strike swinging, Ball, Travis singled to center, Leon and Bogaerts scored
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland grounded out to second, Travis to second
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Heath Hembree relieved Matt Barnes
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Kemp popped out to second
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked, Springer to second
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Altuve flied out to right
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland singled to deep left, Moreland out at second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nunez singled to left
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Bradley struck out on foul tip
        • B. Holt: Ball, Nunez stole second, Ball, Nunez to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Holt singled to left center, Nunez scored
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Sipp Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • Collin McHugh relieved Tony Sipp
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts flied out to deep right
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stassi safe at first on 3rd baseman Nunez fielding error
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked, Stassi to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer hit by pitch, Stassi to third, Kemp to second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman singled to left, Stassi and Kemp scored, Springer to second
        • Matt Barnes relieved Rick Porcello
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Springer out at second
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez hit by pitch, Moreland to second
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Bradley struck out on foul tip
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holt tripled to deep right center, Moreland and Nunez scored
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Swihart singled to center, Holt scored
        • Tony Sipp relieved Charlie Morton
        • S. Leon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Leon lined out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Swihart caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve singled to right
        • C. Correa: Correa singled to right center, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to second, Altuve to third, Correa out at second
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Gattis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gurriel out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi homered to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts fouled out to first
        • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Stassi hit by pitch
        • T. Kemp: Kemp hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Stassi to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer popped out to second
        • A. Bregman: Bregman lined out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to left, Moreland to second
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Holt grounded out to first, Moreland to third, Nunez to second
        • B. Swihart: Foul, Swihart lined out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to left
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis popped out to first
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to deep left
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez lined into double play center to shortstop to third, Bogaerts out at third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp safe at first on 1st baseman Moreland fielding error
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked, Kemp to second
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel doubled to deep left
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gattis flied out to center
        • J. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to deep center, Gurriel to third
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Stassi grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi doubled to deep right center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to pitcher, Benintendi to third
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland homered to center, Benintendi scored
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez singled to center
        • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bradley flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Springer homered to left center
        • A. Bregman: Bregman flied out to deep center
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)