Recap - Benny drives in 5 as Red Sox drop Rays

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Andrew Benintendi drove in five runs to help power the Red Sox past the Rays 6-5 at Tropicana Field Saturday night.

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Benintendi hit his first career grand slam in the top of the second and drove in a tie-breaking sixth run in the top of the ninth as Boston won their first series of the 2019 season.

The game ended on a slick defensive move with Christian Vazquez throwing behind the runner at first where Steve Pearce tagged out Tommy Pham for the final out.

Rick Porcello started for Boston and went 5.2 innings, easily his best start of the year so far. He allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Manager Alex Cora said after the game that Porcello's command of his fastball was the biggest difference from his previous outings.

Rookie Michael Chavis doubled in his first MLB at bat in the top of the ninth which moved Jackie Bradley Jr. over to third base where Benintendi would drive him in with a sacrifice fly to right.

David Price goes for the Red Sox in the finale Sunday night where Boston will be looking for its first sweep of the year.

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