BRADENTON, Fla. -- For the second time in five days, the Red Sox feasted in the first inning against Pirates right-hander Andrew Hutchison and cruised to a high-scoring win. Boston put up six runs in the first and went on to beat Pittsburgh, 9-2, at LECOM Park on Tuesday night.The
BRADENTON, Fla. -- For the second time in five days, the Red Sox feasted in the first inning against Pirates right-hander Andrew Hutchison and cruised to a high-scoring win. Boston put up six runs in the first and went on to beat Pittsburgh, 9-2, at LECOM Park on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox batted around in the first inning against Hutchison, who struggled in his final audition for a spot in the Pirates' rotation. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a two-run homer, and Heiker Meneses lined a two-run triple to right field to cap a six-run first. It was all too familiar for Hutchison, who served up five runs to the Red Sox in the first inning on Thursday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Betts lashed a two-run double to right field off Hutchison, giving Boston an eight-run lead in the fourth inning. Betts finished the game 2-for-2 with a walk and four RBIs. Bradley and Brock Holt added three hits apiece, while Bradley finished with three RBIs.
"It's good to see Jackie really string together a number of consecutive at-bats the way he has," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Mookie has been very Mookie-esque, I guess you could say. The hard contact is there."
Hutchison departed after allowing nine runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings, bringing his Grapefruit League ERA to 10.02. After a solid start to the spring, Hutchison has allowed 21 runs on 27 hits and six walks while striking out nine in 11 2/3 innings over his last three outings.
"Just overall execution in the first. Not great sequences or execution, and then after that kind of got the rhythm going, started throwing well, good execution, good sequences then tired out at the end there," Hutchison said. "Just overall didn't come out great and didn't execute well enough in the first inning."
Red Sox starter Steven Wright held the Pirates to one run on four hits and three walks while striking out two in four innings. Pittsburgh got on the board in the fourth, when John Jaso doubled and scored on a single to right by Josh Bell.
"I felt like I threw the ball well when I was in the zone," Wright said. "But I felt like I was up too much. I felt like I was floating through my delivery a little too much."
Red Sox Up Next: The Red Sox will return home to Fort Myers to host the Minnesota Twins at JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on Gameday Audio. Opening Day starter Rick Porcello (2-0, 8.10 ERA) will make his final start of the spring for Boston. Projected fifth starter Thomas Pomeranz is scheduled to appear in relief. Ervin Santana will get the start for Minnesota.
Pirates Up Next:Gerrit Cole will start the Pirates' Grapefruit League finale at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday at LECOM Park on MLB.TV. The Bucs' Opening Day starter will be followed on the mound by Trevor Williams -- a fifth-starter candidate who could begin the season in the big league bullpen -- as well as relievers A.J. Schugel and Jared Hughes. The Pirates will then break camp and head north to Montreal, where they will play the Blue Jays in a pair of exhibition games on Friday and Saturday.
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