MLB ROUNDUP: Red Sox get back to 'normal' with win over Indians
Mike Napoli hit a three-run double in Boston’s seven-run second inning and the Red Sox, playing with heavy hearts one day after the deadly bombings back home, beat the host Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Boston’s players were already en route to Cleveland when they learned of the explosions near the Boston Marathon’s finish line that killed three and injured more than 170. The Red Sox were hoping to bring some relief to those affected by the tragedy, and they may have while winning their fourth straight.
The series opener was also Indians manager Terry Francona’s first game against the Red Sox, the team he led to two World Series titles during eight seasons in Boston.
Helped by five walks, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the second off Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2) and gave Felix Doubront (1-0) all the support he needed.
Monday’s tragic events in Boston brought a somber tone to Francona’s reunion as well as to the Red Sox. Before the game, in a clubhouse devoid of its usual pregame sound and bustle, several players spoke of how a memorable Patriots Day win over Tampa Bay turned horrific.
“It’s weird,” pitcher Jon Lester said. “You see these things, it’s like movies. For it to hit home like this, to be on that sidewalk plenty of times, eaten at those restaurants plenty of times, it hits right at home. It’s a scary deal.”
With the American flag clinging to the pole and at half-staff, the Red Sox and Indians, wearing black armbands, solemnly took the field for a moment of silence before the national anthem to honor those who lost their lives in the Boston bombings. As players placed their caps over their hearts, closed their eyes and bowed their heads, Boston’s “B” logo appeared on the left-field scoreboard with “STRONG” written underneath.
And then before the first pitch, Fenway Park music standard “Sweet Caroline” filled the ballpark, another nod to Boston and moving forward.
Francona was hoping the game could bring Red Sox Nation — and everyone affected by the tragedy — some comfort.
“If it helps anybody at all, that would be terrific,” he said. “I don’t know how you quantify what happened. It’s just unfair. I just hope maybe this game does help some people.”
ORIOLES 5, RAYS 4: Matt Wieters homered, Nate McLouth scored twice, and Baltimore beat struggling Tampa Bay despite allowing three home runs. Desmond Jennings homered on the game’s first pitch for Tampa Bay, and Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria connected off Pedro Strop in the eighth. But the Rays could muster only six hits against Jake Arrieta (1-2) and five relievers. Roberto Hernandez (0-3) took the loss for last-place Tampa Bay, which has lost four straight and seven of eight.
WHITE SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 3: Dayan Viciedo doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Chicago rallied to beat Toronto. Paul Konerko hit a game-tying homer and scored three runs as the White Sox won for just the second time in eight games. Matt Lindstrom (1-0) got one out for the win and Addison Reed finished for his fifth save in as many opportunities. Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays.
TWINS 8, ANGELS 6: Joe Mauer had another four hits and three RBIs to lead Minnesota past Los Angeles. Mauer sprayed four singles into the Target Field outfield, making him 8-for-10 in the series through two games and raising his average to .386. Brian Dozier added two hits and two RBIs in his first career game batting leadoff for the Twins.
ATHLETICS 4, ASTROS 3: Josh Donaldson’s eighth-inning triple drove in Josh Reddick for the winning run and Oakland overcame starter A.J. Griffin’s early struggles. Reddick drew a two-out walk off reliever Rhiner Cruz and took off for second just before Donaldson’s hit down the right-field line landed just fair. Houston’s Rick Ankiel made a diving attempt, but came up short as Reddick raced around the bases.
TIGERS 6, MARINERS 2: Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and drove in Detroit’s first four runs, and the Tigers beat Seattle. Cabrera’s homer came with two outs in the fifth inning off Seattle starter Aaron Harang (0-1) and was his second of the season. Doug Fister (3-0) pitched seven strong innings for his first victory against his former team.
MARLINS 8, NATIONALS 2: Adeiny Hechavarria ended Miami’s nine-game home run drought with a three-run shot against Washington. A throwing error by Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman preceded the homer and led to four unearned runs. The Marlins (3-11) began the game with the worst record in the majors but broke out of an offensive slump in the fourth inning with four runs, more than they had scored in all but one game. Justin Ruggiano had two hits and three RBIs, and Juan Pierre finished with three hits. Alex Sanabia (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings, and two relievers completed an eight-hitter.
ROCKIES 8-9, METS 4-8: Jordan Pacheco singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning and Colorado rallied from a six-run deficit to sweep a frigid doubleheader from New York. In the opener, Carlos Gonzalez homered and Todd Helton hit a go-ahead single as the Rockies won a game that was delayed 2 hours as 8 inches of snow was removed from the field. Colorado came back in the nightcap to tie it 8-all with two runs in the eighth inning, courtesy of errors by Mets reliever Brandon Lyon and shortstop Ruben Tejada. The temperature at first pitch for the second game was 36 degrees. David Wright homered twice in the opener for the Mets.
BREWERS 10, GIANTS 8: Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam, and Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki also homered as Milwaukee used an eight-run third inning to beat Barry Zito and San Francisco. Betancourt’s fifth career slam highlighted the seven-hit inning that chased Zito, who hadn’t lost since Aug. 2 against New York. Rickie Weeks doubled home two runs and Jonathan Lucroy added a two-run single as the Brewers sent 12 batters to the plate. Brandon Kintzler (2-0) got the win in relief. Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his second save.
PADRES 9, DODGERS 2: Jason Marquis pitched three-hit ball over 7 2-3 innings for his first win of the season and Alexi Amarista tied a career high with four RBIs, leading San Diego over Los Angeles. Marquis (1-1) allowed his only run on Mark Ellis’ bases-loaded sacrifice fly and struck out five. Nick Hundley and Yonder Alonso each had two RBIs, helping the Padres win their second straight over Los Angeles after a 2-10 start and handing the Dodgers their third straight loss.
BRAVES 6, ROYALS 3: Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla homered in the eighth inning, and Juan Francisco hit a pair of solo shots earlier in the game to help Atlanta win its 10th straight game. Atlanta’s streak is its longest since the club won 15 in a row from April 15 to May 2, 2000. The Braves are 12-1 and off to their best start since they began the 1994 season 13-1. Eric O’Flaherty (3-0) struck out two in a scoreless eighth.
RANGERS 4, CUBS 2: Derek Holland pitched seven shutout innings, Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer and Craig Gentry made a diving catch for the final out to preserve Texas’ interleague victory over Chicago on a 39-degree night at Wrigley Field. Holland (1-1) at one point retired nine straight against the Cubs, who have lost three games in a row. The left-hander struck out six and allowed two hits.
YANKEES 4, D-BACKS 2: Robinson Cano paid tribute to Jackie Robinson in fitting fashion by hitting a three-run homer, and the New York Yankees beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on a night devoted to honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Cano, whose is named him for Robinson, connected on the day when all players, managers, coaches and umpires at Yankee Stadium wore No. 42 to salute the late Hall of Famer. Major League Baseball held Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, the anniversary of the date he broke the color barrier in 1947. The Yankees and Diamondbacks were off Monday. Mariano Rivera, the last big leaguer still wearing No. 42 on a daily basis, closed for his third save.