SEATTLE -- After the Red Sox grabbed a quick 2-0 lead, their 2019 season opener got ugly in a hurry, with the Mariners chasing starter Chris Sale after just three innings and belting five homers in a 12-4 romp.
The start was one of the worst for Sale in his two-plus seasons with the Red Sox. He was tagged for one homer in the second and two more in the third, allowing seven runs on six hits.
Things didn't get any better with the bullpen. Hector Velazquez allowed three runs and Tyler Thornburg gave up two. The 12 runs allowed nearly matched the 2018 season high for the Sox, who gave up 13 runs in one contest last year.
Mookie Betts collected three hits and J.D. Martinez added two while Christian Vazquez and AndrewBenintendi knocked in a run each in a two-run sixth inning long after the game had gotten away.
WHO: Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners WHEN: 7:10 p.m. WHERE: T-Mobile Park TV/RADIO: ESPN/WEEI FM 93.7 PITCHERS: LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 in 2018) vs. LHP Marco Gonzales (1-0, 4.50)