BOSTON (AP) Xander Bogaerts hit the first grand slam for Boston since the end of the 2016 season and drove in a career-best six runs to carry the Red Sox to a 10-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for their seventh straight victory.
This is just the second time in franchise history that the Red Sox have lost their season opener and won the next seven. The other came in 1904 when Boston captured the AL pennant.
The Rays have lost seven straight and are off to their worst start ever after rallying for a win at home over the Red Sox on opening day.
Bogaerts hit a two-run double in Boston’s four-run first. In the second, his second career slam completely left Fenway Park over the Green Monster and came after Jake Faria (0-1) walked the bases full.
Vince Velasquez (1-1) allowed one run and four hits, striking out six in six innings.
Franco finished with six RBIs after just missing another homer when his two-run double hit high off the left-center field wall. He has driven in 10 runs in the past two games.
Santana’s shot to deep right field was his 1,000th career hit.
Marlins left-hander Dillon Peters (1-1) gave up nine runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings. Miami catcher Bryan Holaday tossed a perfect eighth, fanning cleanup hitter Rhys Hoskins on a 62 mph pitch to end the inning and earn smiles from teammates in the dugout.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, helping the Mets beat the Nationals for their fourth straight win despite Bryce Harper’s fifth homer.
Dave Martinez was ejected for the first time as a manager as the NL East champions lost their fourth consecutive game to fall to 4-4. Washington’s rookie skipper put on quite an old-school show, too, throwing his cap and kicking at the dirt near home plate when he was tossed by umpire Marty Foster in the third.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – In the coldest home start in Cardinals history, Jose Martinez homered and drove in four runs as St. Louis stopped Arizona’s four-game winning streak.
It was 37 degrees at game time with a wind chill of 29. The previous recorded low in St. Louis was 38 degrees for the first pitch on April 16, 1961, against Cincinnati.
Michael Wacha (1-1) outpitched Zack Greinke (1-1) despite matching a career high with five walks in the chilly weather. Four of Wacha’s walks came in the first two innings.
Both starters went five innings. Bud Norris struck out the side to earn his first save of the season.
Happ struck out three more times, running his team-high total to a whopping 17 in seven games, before coming with a clutch swing in his final at-bat. With one out and the bases loaded, he dumped a 0-1 pitch from Jacob Barnes into left-center to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead.
Barnes (0-1), who was filling in for injured closer Corey Knebel, was charged with four runs, two earned. He was hurt by errors on shortstop Orlando Arcia and third baseman Travis Shaw.
New York broke a 3-all tie in the sixth on Andujar’s sacrifice fly, scoring Didi Gregorius with his first RBI of the season.
The day after the Yankees used eight pitchers in an extra-inning marathon, Gray (1-0) gave his team some much-needed length. He was charged with three runs and four hits.
Duda’s shot in the seventh off Bauer (0-1) was one of only three hits by Kansas City and a rare highlight as the teams survived nine innings with the temperature hovering around freezing.
Kennedy (1-0) allowed four hits, walked none and struck out eight. Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth for his second save.
The temperature was 34 at game time, one degree above the coldest start to a game in the 25-year history of Progressive Field.
The first-pitch temperature at Target Field beat the Minnesota mark of 31 degrees for a game in 2014. Coors Field in Denver holds the major league low with a 23-degree day in April 2013 when Atlanta visited the Rockies.
Twins starter Jose Berrios (1-1) allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Cabrera hit a two-run single in the third and an RBI groundout in the fifth after leaving Thursday’s game because of left hip flexor tightness. Dixon Machado had two hits and chased Lucas Giolito (0-1) with a two-run double in the sixth that made it 5-0, sending the Tigers to their second straight win after a 1-4 start.
Both starters struggled with their control on a day when the game-time temperature was 32 degrees. But Fulmer (1-1) pitched well enough, scattering six hits and walking three in 5 1/3 innings.
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