PHOENIX — The Chase Field roof wasn't functioning properly, but the Arizona Diamondbacks' offense was fully functional in their first home game of the 2019 regular season.
The D-backs routed the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox 15-8 in front of a sellout crowd of 48,338 in downtown Phoenix on Friday night. The D-backs recorded five home runs for the game, including two by Ketel Marte, who hit his first career grand slam in the sixth inning. Alex Avila, Adam Jones and
Ildemaro Vargas also homered for the home team.
The D-backs improved to 4-4 this season and have set new franchise records for runs (56) and home runs (19) in the first eight games of a season. They also set a record for runs, as well as hits (18), in a home opener. The Red Sox dropped to 2-7, tied for the worst record in the American League.
Zack Godley pitched 5 2/3 strong innings for the D-backs to get his first win of the season. Rick Porcello gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings for the Red Sox, and he was not happy about it.
The D-backs and Red Sox will continue their three-game series Saturday at 5:10 p.m.