Red Sox move to Ma­jor League best 13-2 with win over Bal­ti­more

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BOS­TON (AP) — An­drew Ben­in­tendi got three hits and the Bos­ton Red Sox ex­tended the best start in their 118year his­tory, beat­ing the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 3-1 Sun­day at frigid Fenway Park.

Mitch More­land also had three hits for the Red Sox, who com­pleted a three­game sweep of the short­ened se­ries and im­proved to a ma­jor league-best 13-2 un­der new man­ager Alex Cora.

The se­ries was sup­posed to last four games, but the tra­di­tional Pa­tri­ots' Day game sched­uled for Mon­day morn­ing at 11:05 a.m. was post­poned late Sun­day af­ter­noon be­cause of a fore­cast that calls for heavy rain through­out the day.

The game will be made up May 17. It is the first time the Pa­tri­ots' Day game in Bos­ton has been post­poned since 1984.

Manny Machado had an RBI dou­ble for Bal­ti­more, which has lost five of six.

Bos­ton ace Chris Sale gave up one run and two hits in five in­nings, strik­ing eight and walk­ing two.

Heath Hem­bree (2-0) worked two in­nings of score­less re­lief. Craig Kim­brel got three outs for his fifth save.

Dy­lan Bundy (0-2) gave up three runs — one earned — and seven hits in 5 2/3 in­nings with six strike­outs, two walks and two wild pitches.

PHILLIES 10, RAYS 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer, Scott Kingery had a three-run dou­ble and Philadel­phia won its sixth in a row.

Kingery's two-out drive off the cen­ter field wall capped a four-run burst in the third in­ning that put Philadel­phia ahead 4-2. The rookie has 12 RBIs over his past eight games.

Philadel­phia took a com­mand­ing 10-3 ad­van­tage dur­ing a five-run eighth when Maikel Franco hit a two-run sin­gle and Altherr home­red off An­drew Kit­tredge.

Re­liever Yack­sel Rios (2-0) went 1 1/3 score­less in­nings.

De­nard Span home­red and had two RBIs for the Rays, who have lost six straight at home.

METS 3, BREWERS 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores hit a game-win­ning home run with two outs in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning and New York beat Mil­wau­kee to im­prove the best start in team his­tory to 12-2.

Noah Syn­der­gaard struck out eight bat­ters in a row, two shy of Tom Seaver's ma­jor league record, and Bran­don Nimmo fin­ished a dou­ble shy of the cy­cle. Nimmo con­nected for a ty­ing home run against Tay­lor Williams lead­ing off the sixth on a cold, blus­tery af­ter­noon at Citi Field.

Flores broke a 2-all tie with a drive over the left-cen­ter wall against Matt Al­bers (2-1) for his sec­ond home run this year. New York has opened a sea­son with five straight se­ries wins for the first time.

ROCK­IES 6, NA­TION­ALS 5

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Ian Des­mond hit a tiebreak­ing, two-out homer in the ninth in­ning against his for­mer team, Char­lie Black­mon drove in three runs and Colorado ral­lied to beat Wash­ing­ton.

Af­ter Sean Doolit­tle (0-1) struck out Car­los Gon­za­lez and Ger­ardo Parra to open the ninth, Des­mond sent a belt-high, 3-2 fast­ball over the 402foot sign in straight­away cen­ter as Colorado took three out of four in its only visit to Wash­ing­ton.

Adam Ot­tavino (3-0) got the win de­spite al­low­ing a run in the eighth.

Wade Davis worked the ninth for his sev­enth save in eight op­por­tu­ni­ties.

PI­RATES 7, MAR­LINS 3

MI­AMI (AP) — Star­ling Marte went 5 for 5 with a ninth-in­ning homer to help Pitts­burgh beat Mi­ami.

Marte's five hits were a ca­reer high, and his av­er­age rose from .241 to .305. He scored four times and hit his third homer off Ju­nichi Tazawa.

The sur­pris­ing Pi­rates (11-4) im­proved to 7-0 in day games, com­pleted a 4-2 trip and head home atop the NL Cen­tral.

Ivan Nova (2-1) re­cov­ered from a wob­bly start to pitch 6 2/3 in­nings. He al­lowed three runs and struck out nine, his high­est to­tal since 2016.

Jose Urena (0-3) al­lowed eight hits and four runs in five in­nings. Af­ter four starts, the Mar­lins' ace has an ERA of 5.57.

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