Red Sox Lose 9-7 [VIDEO]
The Boston Red Sox lost their home opener for just the 2nd time since 2005, losing to the unbeaten Baltimore Orioles 9-7 on Monday, April 11th. New closer Craig Kimbrel gave up a 3 run homer to Chris Davis with 2 out and 2 out in the 9th inning, as Baltimore took a 9-6 lead.
The day started off with pomp and circumstance, like only the Red Sox can do! David Ortiz was honored by the sold out crowd. Big Papi's daughter Alex Ortiz sang the National Anthem, a complete surprise for Big Papi! Then Boston greats Bobby Orr from the Bruins, Bill Russell from the Celtics, Ty Law from the Patriots and David Ortiz from the Red Sox threw the ceremonial first pitches! Then Ortiz was joined by former teammates Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield so they could yell "Play Ball! "
Once the game started, the Red Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning. Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez each drove in a run.
The Red Sox stayed in the lead until the top of the 3rd inning when the Orioles scored 5 runs off of David Price. The key hit was a 3 run homer by Mark Trumbo.
The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the 4th inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a ground rule double, driving in Brock Holt. Blake Swihart scored on a fielder's choice by Mookie Betts.
Matt Barnes came in to relieve David Price in the 6th inning and allowed a run as Jonathan Schoop doubled driving in JJ Hardy.
The Red Sox tied it in the bottom of the 6th inning, when Brock Holt scored on a Jackie Bradley Jr. ground out.
It stayed that way until Chris Davis rocketed a 3 run homer off Craig Kimbrel in the top of the 9th.
Mookie Betts hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th, but that was as close as the Red Sox would get as Ortiz hit into a double play that was challenged and confirmed and Ramirez struck out to end the game.
Mookie Betts ended up 3-5 with 2 RBI's. Dustin Pedroia was 2-5, David Ortiz was 2-5 and Blake Swihart was 2-4
David Price went 5 innings, allowing 5 earned runs on 5 hits. He struck out 8 and walked 2.
The Red Sox are now 3-3 while the Orioles are the only unbeated team, with a record of 6-0. The Red Sox and Orioles will play the middle game of the series on Tuesday, with Clay Buchholz on the mound for the Red Sox. The pregame starts at 6:25 PM with the 1st pitch at 7:10 on AM 1370 WDEA.