Benintendi, Porcello lead Red Sox past Orioles, 9-1

BOSTON (AP) The hits never stopped coming for the defending champion Red Sox.

Now the pitching might be falling in line, too.

Rick Porcello held the Orioles to one run over six innings for his sixth win in eight starts and received plenty of support as Boston topped Baltimore 9-1 on Friday night.

Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland sparked the offense with RBI triples to help out Porcello (11-9), who continued his newfound groove by matching a season-low with two hits allowed.

''It's been four or five starts where I've felt like myself and felt pretty good throwing the ball,'' Porcello said. ''Our guys did a great job of swinging the bats and put up a bunch of runs, and it resulted in a big win for us.''

Boston's bats have lived up to the championship billing this season, entering with baseball's best average and the second-most runs scored in the majors.

It's been the pitching that's been most problematic, with Boston's top three starters in Chris Sale, David Price, and Porcello combining for a 24-25 record.

With Sale and Porcello seemingly turning a corner and Price nearing a return from injury, the biggest question is whether or not the Red Sox have left themselves enough time to recover from a nearly year-long World Series hangover.

''If we do this for a month and a half, we're playing in October,'' said manager Alex Cora, whose team has won three straight and six of their last 10 to move to within 6 1/2 games of the second AL wild card.

Benintendi finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Mookie Betts hit a solo home run and Chris Owings drove in two for the Red Sox.

Trey Mancini drove in the only run for Baltimore in its fifth straight loss.

The Orioles have dropped nine of 10, with seven losses coming to the New York Yankees. Baltimore was coming off a four-game sweep that gave the Yankees 16 straight wins against the O's and a decisive 17-2 season series victory.

''We're just grinding,'' Orioles starter Aaron Brooks said. ''I think everyone is coming in every day with a clean slate and trying to do better than the day before, and frankly we haven't been doing that well.''

Brooks (2-7) gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He has allowed 28 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings since Baltimore claimed him off waivers from Oakland on July 6.

2K CLUB

Three days after Sale became the fastest player in major league history to reach 2,000 career strikeouts, Porcello eclipsed 2,000 innings for his career in his 11th MLB season.

''It's been a tough year, but this is kind of a night where I can look back and say I got 6,000 outs in the big leagues, and (there are) not many people that can say they did that,'' the 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner said.

HONORING NICK

The grandchildren of late Boston Globe baseball columnist Nick Cafardo threw out a ceremonial first pitch and announced ''play ball'' before Red Sox players ran onto the field. Cafardo died at age 62 after suffering an embolism last February while covering Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

CASH WOES

Andrew Cashner's solid start with Baltimore - he went 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts - earned him a midseason trade to contending Boston, but the former Orioles starter has since been demoted to the bullpen with a 1-4 record and 7.52 ERA for the Red Sox.

''Cash was wonderful for all of us here and (I) wish him the best after this series,'' Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. ''I'd like to see him do well.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RF DJ Stewart went 0-for-4 in his return after not playing since June 5 at Texas, where he suffered a concussion after taking a ball off the head on a missed catch. ''He's had obviously a tough couple months physically and just some bad breaks,'' Hyde said. ''We're hoping he can stay healthy the rest of the year and get a lot of opportunity to play, prove what he can do.''

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left wrist cyst) played catch on flat ground before the game. Cora hopes Price will be able to throw off a mound in the coming week. Price went on the 10-day injured list last Thursday after receiving a shot of cortisone to treat the cyst. . 1B Steve Pearce (low back strain) has yet to resume running. He last played May 31 against the Yankees.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Asher Wojciechowski (2-5, 4.84 ERA) had a career-high 10 strikeouts while allowing one hit over 7 1/3 scoreless frames against Boston on July 21.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5, 4.31) is 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA in three starts since matching his career high for wins on July 27 versus the Yankees.

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  • W: R. Porcello (11-9)L: A. Brooks (2-7)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar SS41200003.271.339.439.7783.0
T. Mancini LF30110103.275.342.534.8764.0
A. Santander CF40000014.292.332.498.830-0.5
R. Nunez DH30000103.245.310.478.7881.0
J. Peterson 2B40000011.224.268.368.637-0.5
D. Stewart RF40000010.138.167.138.305-0.5
R. Ruiz 3B40000020.244.311.360.671-1.0
C. Davis 1B20000100.176.264.310.5741.0
C. Sisco C30200000.226.322.406.7282.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF52211002.282.388.498.8869.0
    R. Devers 3B41210101.328.377.581.9586.0
    X. Bogaerts SS31100101.308.385.564.9494.0
    J. Martinez DH22110002.309.383.563.9466.0
    A. Benintendi LF42320001.291.364.477.84010.0
    C. Vazquez C30000012.277.316.478.794-0.5
    M. Moreland 1B20110000.236.317.518.8354.0
    a- S. Travis PH-1B11000101.266.314.468.7822.0
    M. Hernandez 2B20000001.325.350.468.8180.0
    b- C. Owings PH-2B20120010.134.191.225.4163.5
    J. Bradley CF30110010.220.315.391.7061.5
    • a-was walked intentionally for Moreland in the 6th
    • b-doubled for Hernandez in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Mancini (27)
    • RBI - T. Mancini (71)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini (30)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 2 (2), A. Santander, R. Nunez 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (32), R. Devers (44), X. Bogaerts (41), J. Martinez (27), A. Benintendi (37), C. Owings (5)
    • 3B - A. Benintendi (5), M. Moreland
    • HR - M. Betts (21)
    • SF - J. Martinez (3), J. Bradley (2)
    • SH - C. Vazquez (2)
    • RBI - M. Betts (64), R. Devers (95), J. Martinez (73), A. Benintendi 2 (63), M. Moreland (43), C. Owings 2 (11), J. Bradley (47)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (27), M. Moreland (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, X. Bogaerts, A. Benintendi, S. Travis, M. Hernandez
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Villar-Peterson-Davis; Ruiz-Villar-Davis)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Hernandez-Bogaerts-Moreland)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Brooks (L, 2-7)5.18551206.491.43-3.0
    R. Bleier0.11111006.081.54-3.0
    M. Castro0.10000004.871.520.0
    T. Eshelman2.03331116.501.61-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Brooks (L, 2-7)5.1
    R. Bleier0.1
    M. Castro0.1
    T. Eshelman2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (W, 11-9)6.04112205.491.4122.0
    J. Taylor1.00000003.181.153.0
    T. Lakins2.01001304.761.595.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (W, 11-9)6.0
    J. Taylor1.0
    T. Lakins2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Brooks (4)
    • IBB - R. Bleier (2)
    • HBP - A. Brooks (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Brooks 91-60, R. Bleier 6-2, M. Castro 1-1, T. Eshelman 33-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Brooks 7-5, T. Eshelman 1-4
    • Batters Faced - A. Brooks 24, R. Bleier 3, M. Castro, T. Eshelman 10
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 84-47, J. Taylor 11-7, T. Lakins 34-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 3-12, J. Taylor 2-1, T. Lakins 1-2
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 23, J. Taylor 3, T. Lakins 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Villar SS41200003.271.339.439.7783.0
    T. Mancini LF30110103.275.342.534.8764.0
    A. Santander CF40000014.292.332.498.830-0.5
    R. Nunez DH30000103.245.310.478.7881.0
    J. Peterson 2B40000011.224.268.368.637-0.5
    D. Stewart RF40000010.138.167.138.305-0.5
    R. Ruiz 3B40000020.244.311.360.671-1.0
    C. Davis 1B20000100.176.264.310.5741.0
    C. Sisco C30200000.226.322.406.7282.0
    Total3515103614-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF52211002.282.388.498.8869.0
      R. Devers 3B41210101.328.377.581.9586.0
      X. Bogaerts SS31100101.308.385.564.9494.0
      J. Martinez DH22110002.309.383.563.9466.0
      A. Benintendi LF42320001.291.364.477.84010.0
      C. Vazquez C30000012.277.316.478.794-0.5
      M. Moreland 1B20110000.236.317.518.8354.0
      a- S. Travis PH-1B11000101.266.314.468.7822.0
      M. Hernandez 2B20000001.325.350.468.8180.0
      b- C. Owings PH-2B20120010.134.191.225.4163.5
      J. Bradley CF30110010.220.315.391.7061.5
      Total31912913311-----
      • a-was walked intentionally for Moreland in the 6th
      • b-doubled for Hernandez in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Mancini (27)
      • RBI - T. Mancini (71)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini (30)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 2 (2), A. Santander, R. Nunez 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (32), R. Devers (44), X. Bogaerts (41), J. Martinez (27), A. Benintendi (37), C. Owings (5)
      • 3B - A. Benintendi (5), M. Moreland
      • HR - M. Betts (21)
      • SF - J. Martinez (3), J. Bradley (2)
      • SH - C. Vazquez (2)
      • RBI - M. Betts (64), R. Devers (95), J. Martinez (73), A. Benintendi 2 (63), M. Moreland (43), C. Owings 2 (11), J. Bradley (47)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (27), M. Moreland (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, X. Bogaerts, A. Benintendi, S. Travis, M. Hernandez
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Villar-Peterson-Davis; Ruiz-Villar-Davis)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hernandez-Bogaerts-Moreland)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Brooks (L, 2-7)5.18551206.491.43-3.0
      R. Bleier0.11111006.081.54-3.0
      M. Castro0.10000004.871.520.0
      T. Eshelman2.03331116.501.61-0.5
      Total8.01299331---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Brooks (L, 2-7)5.1
      R. Bleier0.1
      M. Castro0.1
      T. Eshelman2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 11-9)6.04112205.491.4122.0
      J. Taylor1.00000003.181.153.0
      T. Lakins2.01001304.761.595.5
      Total9.0511350---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 11-9)6.0
      J. Taylor1.0
      T. Lakins2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Brooks (4)
      • IBB - R. Bleier (2)
      • HBP - A. Brooks (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Brooks 91-60, R. Bleier 6-2, M. Castro 1-1, T. Eshelman 33-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Brooks 7-5, T. Eshelman 1-4
      • Batters Faced - A. Brooks 24, R. Bleier 3, M. Castro, T. Eshelman 10
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 84-47, J. Taylor 11-7, T. Lakins 34-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 3-12, J. Taylor 2-1, T. Lakins 1-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 23, J. Taylor 3, T. Lakins 8
      • 8TH INNING
        Betts homered to left center19
      • 7TH INNING
        Benintendi doubled to left, Bogaerts scored18
        Martinez hit sacrifice fly to right, Devers scored, Bogaerts to third17
      • 6TH INNING
        Bradley hit sacrifice fly to center, Travis scored16
        Owings doubled to left, Martinez and Benintendi scored, Travis to third15
      • 4TH INNING
        Moreland tripled to right, Benintendi scored13
        Benintendi tripled to center, Martinez scored12
      • 3RD INNING
        Mancini doubled to right, Villar scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Devers singled to deep left, Betts scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Lakins Pitching:
        • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
        • D. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Travis Lakins relieved Josh Taylor
        • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Sisco singled to left center
        • J. Villar: Villar safe at first on fielding error, Sisco out at second
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mancini walked, Villar to second
        • A. Santander: Ball, Foul, Santander lined out to right
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Eshelman Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts homered to left center
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Devers lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Josh Taylor relieved Rick Porcello
        • D. Stewart: Strike looking, Stewart lined out to right
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ruiz grounded out to second
        • C. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tom Eshelman relieved Miguel Castro
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Devers to third
        • JD. Martinez: Ball, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to right, Devers scored, Bogaerts to third
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi doubled to left, Bogaerts scored
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez popped out to second
        • S. Travis: Foul, Ball, Travis popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • A. Santander: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santander flied out to left
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez walked
        • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Peterson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Nunez out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Brooks Pitching:
        • JD. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez hit by pitch
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Martinez to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Martinez to third, Benintendi to second
        • Richard Bleier relieved Aaron Brooks
        • Sam Travis hit for Mitch Moreland
        • S. Travis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Travis intentionally walked
        • Chris Owings hit for Marco Hernandez
        • C. Owings: Owings doubled to left, Martinez and Benintendi scored, Travis to third
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley hit sacrifice fly to center, Travis scored
        • Miguel Castro relieved Richard Bleier
        • M. Betts: Betts flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ruiz grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
        • C. Sisco: Ball, Sisco singled to right, Davis to second
        • J. Villar: Ball, Villar fouled out to third
        • T. Mancini: Pickoff attempt to second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mancini flied out to shallow left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Brooks Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts flied out to center
        • R. Devers: Devers doubled to deep left
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts lined out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez popped out to shortstop
        • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Peterson flied out to left
        • D. Stewart: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Stewart popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Brooks Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Bogaerts lined out to pitcher
        • JD. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez doubled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi tripled to center, Martinez scored
        • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Moreland tripled to right, Benintendi scored
        • M. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Davis flied out to deep center
        • C. Sisco: Ball, Ball, Sisco grounded out to first
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Villar singled to right
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Mancini doubled to right, Villar scored
        • A. Santander: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Santander struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Brooks Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Bradley singled to right
        • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Betts flied out to deep left
        • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Devers grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Bradley out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Peterson flied out to center
        • D. Stewart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Stewart flied out to center
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ruiz struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Brooks Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to second
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to second
        • M. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Foul, Villar singled to center
        • T. Mancini: Mancini lined out to right
        • A. Santander: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Santander lined out to left
        • R. Nunez: Pickoff attempt, Nunez popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Brooks Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts doubled to left center
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Devers singled to deep left, Betts scored
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Devers to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • JD. Martinez: Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Devers to third, Bogaerts out at second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)