The Red Sox won again on Opening Day. They topped the Pirates 5-3. The Red Sox were powered by stellar pitching from Rick Porcello and a 5th inning rally started by a JBJ triple with two outs. He nailed it into the right corner and speeded around the bases. Pablo Sandoval went on to drive him in, and by the time Benintendi walked up to the plate, it was 1st and 2nd and the Red Sox had a 2-0 lead. Then, Benintendi nailed a homer into the right field corner, giving the Red Sox a 5-0 lead in the 5th inning.
Early on, it was a pitchers duel. In the first 4 innings, Gerrit Cole gave up just 1 hit and struck out 2. Rick Porcello gave up just 3 hits and struck out 5 in the first 6 innings. He was backed up by some great defense by JBJ and Andrew Benintendi. After the 5th inning rally, the Red Sox slipped up a little bit, but recovered. However, in the 7th inning, the Pirates got back into the game.
With David Freese on first, Francisco Cervelli crushed a double into left field. Then soon after Josh Harrison drove David Freese in. With that, Porcello left the game while it was still going well. He was credited with a quality start. Then Matt Barnes came in. But the rally continued with another RBI single, followed by a walk and a sac fly. It was now 5-3. After the 7th inning, the pitchers began to thrive again. The rest of the relievers that came in during the 7th and 8th were doing well. Then Kimbrel came in for the Sox in the top of the 9th. Despite letting the Pirates get away with 1st and 2nd, Kimbrel earned the save.