Red Sox Lose Home Opener To Orioles 9-7
Chris Davis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off new
Boston closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning and drove in five
runs, carrying the Baltimore Orioles over the Red Sox 9-7 Monday in
David Ortiz's final home opener.
Kimbrel (0-1), the All-Star reliever acquired in an offseason trade
from San Diego, entered with the score 6-6. He walked Caleb Joseph
with one out and Manny Machado with two outs, then gave up Davis'
home run to center on a 97 mph pitch.
Mookie Betts homered off Zach Britton leading off the bottom half,
and Boston had two on and no outs when Ortiz grounded into a double
play. Britton then struck out Hanley Ramirez for his third save.
Davis also had a two-run single in the third against new Red Sox
ace David Price, signed to a $217 million deal during the
offseason. Price had been 6-1 with 1.95 ERA in 11 regular-season
starts at Fenway Park but allowed five runs and five hits in five
innings with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Brad Brach (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win.
Xander Bogaerts and Ortiz hit RBI singles in a three-run second off
Yovani Gallardo, who gave up five runs and seven hits in five
Baltimore took a 5-3 lead in the third, when Machado hit an RBI
single and scored on Mark Trumbo's first home run for the Orioles,
a two-run drive. (Associated Press)