Brian Johnson pitched the full five-hit road in his first performance at Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to six by beating the Seattle Mariners 6-0 on Saturday.
Summoned from the Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, Johnson (2-0) allowed five singles, struck out eight and did not give tickets. The only previous 26-year-old left-handers in the majors were in Houston on July 21, 2015 and in Toronto on April 18 of this year.
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Johnson became the Red Sox’s first pitcher to throw a whistle on his first outing at Fenway since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998.
In Johnson’s first appearance with Boston – his fourth as a pro – he suffered a fractured face after being hit by a shot when he pitched for the Class A branch in Lowell in 2012.
Johnson was helped by an excellent catch from center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the wall in the sixth. Bradley also dived to nail a line drawn from Nelson Cruz in the ninth and took the last out to take a shot from Kyle Seager.
An easy-going Xander Bogaerts tossed a three-hitter in the first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
For the Mariners, the Dominicans Robinson Canó of 4-0; Nelson Cruz of 4-0; And Jean Segura of 4-0. The Cuban Guillermo Heredia of 3-2.
For the Red Sox, the Hanley Ramirez 3-2, an annotated. Sandy Leon of 4-1.