Narvaez, Bruce homer as Mariners beat Red Sox

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Seattle Mariners closing pitcher Chasen Bradford, right, shakes hands with catcher Omar Narvaez, left, at the end of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) – Omar Narvaez hit a three-run homer off Rick Porcello in Seattle’s seven-run third inning, and the Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 10-8 on Sunday.
    
Dee Gordon had two hits and three RBIs as Seattle put together another impressive performance at the plate. The Mariners scored 34 times while taking three of four from the defending World Series champions in their first series at home.
    
Jay Bruce also connected for Seattle, and Mitch Haniger had two hits and two RBIs. The Mariners have 15 homers so far, hitting at least one in each of their six games.
    
Porcello (0-1) allowed nine runs, four earned, and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner struck out three and walked four.
    
Starters Porcello, Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez combined to give up 22 earned runs on 27 hits in the four games against Seattle.
    
Cory Gearrin came on to pitch the ninth for Seattle and walked the bases loaded with one out. Gearrin was then replaced by Chasen Bradford, who walked pinch hitter Blake Swihart to force in a run before retiring Christian Vazquez and Jackie Bradley Jr. to end the game.
    
Bradford is the third pitcher to record a save for the Mariners this season.
    
Narvaez’s drive to right put Seattle ahead to stay. Haniger capped the big inning with a two-run double.
    
Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc (1-0) allowed six runs, four earned, and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
    
J.D. Martinez hit an RBI single in Boston’s three-run first, and then belted a three-run drive in the fourth for his second homer this season.
    
TRAINER’S ROOM
    
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee) played in an extended spring training game. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Pedroia would play in another on Tuesday before beginning a rehab assignment at Single-A Greenville. … OF Andrew Benintendi was out of the starting lineup after fouling a ball off his right knee on Saturday. He walked as a pinch hitter in the ninth.
    
Mariners: Closer Hunter Strickland, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right lat strain, will likely be out a couple of months, manager Scott Servais said.
    
UP NEXT
    
Red Sox: LHP David Price will make his first start of the season as Boston opens a four-game series at Oakland on Monday.
    
Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez opens his season in the first of a two-game series at home against the Angels on Monday. This is the first season since 2008 that Hernandez did not start on opening day for Seattle.
 

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