Red Sox Win Opening Day 5-3 [VIDEO]
The Boston Red Sox opened the 2017 Season with a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park, on Monday, April 3rd. The big hit... A 3 run blast by leftfielder Andrew Benintendi, becoming the youngest Red Sox player (22 years, 271 days) to homer on Opening Day since Mookie Betts in 2015 (22 years, 181 days).
Rick Porcello pitched 6.1 innings and picked up the win. It was his 1st career Opening Day start. He allowed 6 hits, 3 runs, all earned while walking 1 and striking out 5. Today's game marked his 42nd consecutive start with at least 5.0 innings pitched, which is the longest active streak in the American League, and the 2nd longest by any Red Sox pitcher since 2013. The longest by a Sox pitcher was by Luis Tiant, with 56 starts, June 12, 1973-September 10, 1974.
Jackie Bradley Jr. made a highlight reel catch in left center. He was 1-3 with a triple and scored the Red Sox's first run of the game and 2017.
Craig Kimbrel pitched the 9th inning, picking up the save. He struck out 2 and allowed a hit.
The Red Sox (1-0) are off on Tuesday and will play Pittsburgh (0-1) on Wednesday April 5th with the pregame starting at 6:25 PM and the 1st pitch at 7:10 on AM 1370 WDEA. Chris Sale will make his 1st career start for the Red Sox.