The Boston Red Sox only scored in one inning on Opening Day, but that was enough to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-3.
Former South Carolina Gamecocks outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. started the fifth-inning rally with a triple in the right field corner at Fenway Park. He scored on a Pablo Sandoval single in the next at-bat.
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Boston strung together two more hits, including a butt single and scored a second run. Then, fellow outfielder Andrew Benintendi smashed a three-run homer. The Red Sox scored all five runs with two outs.
Bradley also starred in the field, hauling in a great catch to end the top of the fourth. Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli hit a long line drive that looked like it was going to be extra-bases, but Bradley tracked it down just in front of the notch in center field.
Overall, Bradley went 1-for-3 with a walk on Monday. He slashed .249/.335/.498 with 21 extra-base hits in 221 at-bats last season. Boston and Pittsburgh will resume their series on Wednesday at Fenway.