FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Veteran non-roster invitee Kyle Kendrick fired four no-hit innings to help lead the Red Sox to an 11-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday afternoon at JetBlue Park.The 32-year-old Kendrick, who has made 212 career starts, is likely to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. But
FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Veteran non-roster invitee Kyle Kendrick fired four no-hit innings to help lead the Red Sox to an 11-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday afternoon at JetBlue Park.
The 32-year-old Kendrick, who has made 212 career starts, is likely to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. But with performances like this one, he is putting himself in position to be one of the first starters the Red Sox call up if a need arises. Kendrick has a 3.00 ERA in three Grapefruit League outings.
"I understand the position that I'm in," said Kendrick. "Results kind of do matter for me, so I just want to go out there and show them that I'm healthy -- that's the main thing. And throw well, put up some good results. That's kind of where I'm at, and it's kind of what I have to do."
Andrew Benintendi, MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect, went 2-for-3 with a double. Benintendi's latest strong showing came two days after a 4-for-4 performance on the road against the Braves. Mookie Betts added a sacrifice fly and an RBI double. Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-2 and scored a run.
Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, the front-runner to be Atlanta's No. 5 starter, allowed two hits and a run over three innings. Catcher Kurt Suzuki produced an RBI single for the Braves.
"The first two innings, they were kind of a big blur. A lot of things happened real fast," Foltynewicz said. "But I got the chance to work out of some jams there and work around some errors, which you might need to do during the season. But I think I did a pretty good job of that."
"It was just good to see how he limited some damage," said Braves manager Brian Snitker. " [He] went to his secondary stuff well, I thought. It was good. That's really good to see with him, how he doesn't go harder, harder. He kept pitching, and he pitched his way through that."
Braves Up Next: The Braves have their first off-day of the spring on Monday. They travel to Bradenton on Tuesday to face the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. ET, in a game available on MLB.TV. Left-hander Jaime Garcia is scheduled to make his second appearance of the spring. He gave up one run in two innings in his spring debut on March 1 against the Yankees.
Red Sox Up Next: Lefty Chris Sale will get his first game action for the Red Sox in Monday's 1:05 p.m. ET contest in West Palm Beach against the Astros, in a game available via Gameday Audio. It is the first of three games on the East Coast of Florida for Boston. Sandy Leon, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval will be in the starting lineup behind Sale, who was traded to the Red Sox in a blockbuster trade in December.
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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.
Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Braves on Sunday.