Moreland homer sends Red Sox home with 1-0 win over D-Backs

PHOENIX (AP) An awful opening trip ended with a win for the Boston Red Sox.

Mitch Moreland homered off Merrill Kelly on the first pitch of the seventh inning, and the World Series champions beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 on Sunday.

Boston went 3-8 against Seattle, Oakland and Arizona, its worst start since losing nine of 11 to begin a 2011 season that ended with a third-place finish in the AL East at 90-72.

''It's always nice to win that last one,'' Moreland said. ''Tough road trip for us, tough way to open the season.''

The last team to reach the postseason after losing at least eight its first 11 games was Tampa Bay, which finished 91-71 in 2011.

Boston hosts Toronto on Tuesday, its first game at Fenway Park since winning the World Series at Dodger Stadium last October, the fourth title for the Red Sox in 15 years.

''We know how good we are. We know that we have to get better,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''We learned a lot on this road trip, and now it's over.''

Hector Velazquez, Brandon Workman, Marcus Walden (1-0), Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier combined on a three-hitter and Boston's first shutout this season. The Red Sox entered with a 6.97 ERA, ahead of only the Chicago White Sox at 7.87.

Walden, a 30-year-old right-hander who made his debut on April 1 last year, got six outs for his first major league victory. Boston stopped a three-game losing streak in the finale of the longest opening trip in franchise history.

Brasier allowed David Peralta's two-out double in the ninth, then got his second save when Adam Jones grounded out, finishing a game that took just 2 hours, 29 minutes.

''We won that game because of our pitching,'' Moreland said. ''Each guy that stepped up for us today and did an outstanding job. It might be in situations they are not used to, and they kept going out there and throwing up zeros for us.''

Boston had vocal support in a crowd of 31,565. Many booed when J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked with first base open and two outs in the ninth.

Moreland's third homer was just out of the reach of Jones, who leaped and stretched his glove over the right-field fence but could not come down with the ball.

''I've seen him do that all too many times over the years,'' Moreland said of Jones' knock for taking away homers. ''I saw him backing up. I knew I hit it decent, but I didn't hit it great. I knew it was going to be close. Thankfully, it was out of reach.''

Jones was disappointed.

''I should have had it, but I didn't,'' he said. ''I just missed it. It went a little bit further than my glove.''

Kelly (1-1) gave up four hits in eight innings, struck out nine and walked one.

Velazquez gave up one hit in three innings and threw 39 pitches, working entirely from the stretch. He made his first start after three relief appearances.

Arizona had its best scoring chance in the fifth inning, when Christian Walker doubled leading off and advanced on Ketel Marte's groundout but was thrown out at the plate by shortstop Xander Bogaerts on Nick Ahmed's grounder.

Boston loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before Blake Swihart struck out against Jon Duplantier.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: C Alex Avila was placed on the injured list after straining his left quadriceps while circling the bases on a home run Friday. IF/OF Tim Locastro was recalled from Triple-A Reno to take the roster spot.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee) was 0 for 4 with a walk while playing nine innings for Class A Greenville on Sunday and is to meet the Red Sox in Boston on Monday, Cora said. Pedroia was 3 for 9 with a double and two walks in three injury rehabilitation games.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (0-2) is to start Tuesday against Toronto's Matt Shoemaker (2-0) in the last scheduled homer opener in the major leagues this season.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (1-1) starts Tuesday against Texas and LHP Mike Minor (1-1) in the opener of a two-game series. Greinke hit two homers and pitched six innings to win 8-5 at San Diego last Wednesday.

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  • W: M. Walden (1-0)L: M. Kelly (1-1)S: R. Brasier (2)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (3)
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E. Nunez 2B30000010.167.167.200.367-0.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    A. Jones RF40000011.364.378.7271.105-0.5
    C. Walker 1B30100020.276.323.6901.0121.0
    K. Marte 2B30000011.279.273.558.831-0.5
    N. Ahmed SS30000001.308.326.436.7610.0
    J. Murphy C30100011.182.308.455.7620.5
    M. Kelly P10000000.000.250.000.2500.0
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    J. Duplantier P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-grounded out for M. Kelly in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Moreland (3)
    • RBI - M. Moreland (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - X. Bogaerts 2 (2), B. Swihart 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Peralta (8), C. Walker (3)
    • SH - M. Kelly
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Dyson, D. Peralta, A. Jones, J. Murphy
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Marte-Escobar-Walker)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Velazquez3.01000303.121.049.5
    B. Workman1.00000100.000.203.5
    M. Walden (W, 1-0)2.01001100.001.0011.5
    M. Barnes (H, 1)2.00000200.000.237.0
    R. Brasier (S, 2)1.01000100.000.809.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Velazquez3.0
    B. Workman1.0
    M. Walden (W, 1-0)2.0
    M. Barnes (H, 1)2.0
    R. Brasier (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Kelly (L, 1-1)8.04110912.570.7921.5
    J. Duplantier1.01002100.001.000.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Kelly (L, 1-1)8.0
    J. Duplantier1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 39-26, B. Workman 12-8, M. Walden 24-13, M. Barnes 25-18, R. Brasier 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 3-3, M. Walden 4-1, M. Barnes 4-0, R. Brasier 1-1
    • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 10, B. Workman 3, M. Walden 8, M. Barnes 6, R. Brasier 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Duplantier
    • IBB - J. Duplantier
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 94-70, J. Duplantier 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 7-7
    • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 27, J. Duplantier 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    A. Benintendi LF40200010.293.348.390.7381.5
    X. Bogaerts SS40100003.250.357.417.7741.0
    M. Moreland 1B41111012.258.361.6451.0065.5
    J. Martinez RF30000100.333.404.548.9521.0
    R. Brasier P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    R. Devers 3B30000110.225.311.275.5860.5
    B. Swihart C40000023.375.444.6251.069-1.0
    E. Nunez 2B30000010.167.167.200.367-0.5
    J. Bradley CF30100010.184.205.211.4160.5
    H. Velazquez P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    B. Workman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Dyson CF40000021.316.409.474.883-1.0
      E. Escobar 3B30000100.175.214.225.4391.0
      D. Peralta LF40100011.413.413.6521.0651.5
      T. Locastro PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      A. Jones RF40000011.364.378.7271.105-0.5
      C. Walker 1B30100020.276.323.6901.0121.0
      K. Marte 2B30000011.279.273.558.831-0.5
      N. Ahmed SS30000001.308.326.436.7610.0
      J. Murphy C30100011.182.308.455.7620.5
      M. Kelly P10000000.000.250.000.2500.0
      a- W. Flores PH10000000.217.280.304.5840.0
      J. Duplantier P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      • a-grounded out for M. Kelly in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Moreland (3)
      • RBI - M. Moreland (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - X. Bogaerts 2 (2), B. Swihart 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Peralta (8), C. Walker (3)
      • SH - M. Kelly
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Dyson, D. Peralta, A. Jones, J. Murphy
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Marte-Escobar-Walker)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Velazquez3.01000303.121.049.5
      B. Workman1.00000100.000.203.5
      M. Walden (W, 1-0)2.01001100.001.0011.5
      M. Barnes (H, 1)2.00000200.000.237.0
      R. Brasier (S, 2)1.01000100.000.809.5
      Total9.0300180---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Velazquez3.0
      B. Workman1.0
      M. Walden (W, 1-0)2.0
      M. Barnes (H, 1)2.0
      R. Brasier (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Kelly (L, 1-1)8.04110912.570.7921.5
      J. Duplantier1.01002100.001.000.5
      Total9.05112101---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Kelly (L, 1-1)8.0
      J. Duplantier1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 39-26, B. Workman 12-8, M. Walden 24-13, M. Barnes 25-18, R. Brasier 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 3-3, M. Walden 4-1, M. Barnes 4-0, R. Brasier 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 10, B. Workman 3, M. Walden 8, M. Barnes 6, R. Brasier 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Duplantier
      • IBB - J. Duplantier
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 94-70, J. Duplantier 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 7-7
      • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 27, J. Duplantier 6
      • 7TH INNING
        Moreland homered to right10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jon Duplantier pitching
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Benintendi singled to shallow right
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts lined out to center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Benintendi to second on wild pitch, Moreland flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Martinez intentionally walked
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Devers walked, Benintendi to third, Martinez to second
        • B. Swihart: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Mookie Betts in right field
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Matt Barnes
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dyson struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar popped out to third
        • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Peralta doubled to left center
        • Tim Locastro ran for David Peralta
        • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Barnes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Barnes struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • N. Ahmed: Ahmed grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • Wilmer Flores hit for Merrill Kelly
        • W. Flores: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Flores grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Moreland homered to right
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to right
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Devers struck out on foul tip
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Barnes relieved Marcus Walden
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones grounded out to third
        • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • K. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • M. Walden: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Walden struck out looking
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Walden Pitching:
        • M. Kelly: Strike looking, Kelly grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Dyson: Dyson grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • D. Peralta: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Swihart lined out to right
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez flied out to right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bradley flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Marcus Walden relieved Brandon Workman
        • C. Walker: Walker doubled to deep left
        • K. Marte: Marte grounded out to first, Walker to third
        • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Walker out at home
        • J. Murphy: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Murphy popped out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brandon Workman relieved Hector Velazquez
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to left
        • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Peralta lined out to right
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bradley singled to shallow left center
        • H. Velazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Velazquez struck out bunting foul
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi singled to right, Bradley to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ahmed flied out to center
        • J. Murphy: Ball, Murphy singled to center
        • M. Kelly: Foul, Kelly hit sacrifice bunt to first, Murphy to second
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dyson struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jones popped out to third
        • C. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • K. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left center
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to third, Bogaerts out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dyson grounded out to first
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar lined out to left
        • D. Peralta: Peralta grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)