Fifth Inning Sinks Pittsburgh Pirates On Opening Day

The Boston Red Sox got a three-run home run in a five-run fifth inning en route to a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on opening day at Fenway Park.

With the addition of Chris Sale to David Price and reigning American League Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello, Boston's top three starters are a nightmare for opposing offenses.

Monday is Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox as they get ready to take on the Pirates at Fenway Park. Porcello, who won 22 games past year, is making his first Opening Day start.

Ortiz retired after last season after helping the Red Sox win three Series titles, their first since 1918.

The lone lefty in the rotation now getting Max Scherzer's start, as Scherzer will get Friday's start in Philadelphia with a 3:05 p.m. first pitch. They've got the first one out of the way, now it's time to win about 99 more. Stephen Strasburg (1-0) earned the victory, allowing 2 runs and 6 hits in 7 innings, pitching out of the stretch the whole way. Not just for the fanfare of playing at Fenway Park but against a reigning Cy Young Award victor.

Carrying all five of the team's Lombardi trophies, owner Robert Kraft, Tom Brady and three of Brady's teammates emerged from the door in the left field wall.

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David Ortiz may be gone and David Price is starting on this disabled list, but this team is bringing serious talent.

Porcello, who had been sailing along, got exhausted and, after giving up a run, was lifted in favor of Matt Barnes, who was not exactly as baffling as Porcello had been through the first six innings.

Dustin Pedroia and Pablo Sandoval each had RBIs and Craig Kimbrel had two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth for his first save for Boston, which improved to 58-58-1 all time in season openers. And that summer, Sale was teammates with Josh Rutledge and Steve Selsky and he faced Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley, who's coming off a breakout 2016 season, also tripled and scored a run, so it's safe to say he's having no trouble knocking off any rust to begin the 2017 season.

Francisco Cervelli sparked the Pirates' offense in the seventh, doubling off the Green Monster in left to put two in scoring position with nobody out. Benintendi raced back, stabbed it and while it ended as a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-3, the rookie saved the Red Sox from much worse damage.

"We all want to go out and have five hits in the opening-day game, of course, but it's baseball", McCutchen said. Porcello will be looking to start strong once again, and even though it's not a huge sample size, his numbers against the Pirates is enough for me to give the nod to Boston here. The Pirates are 71-60 in 131 openers, including 55-45 in 100 road openers. He was pumping his fastball in the high-90's and the Red Sox were struggling to make solid contact. Chad Kuhle started 14 games to end the year for the Pirates and looked good, getting guys out easily even though he didn't rack up high strikeout numbers.

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