Red Sox win Patriots Day game before explosions
The Red Sox and Rays were making their way out of Fenway Park when two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were heard at the stadium.
The Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 on an RBI double by Mike Napoli in the ninth inning Monday in Boston's traditional Patriots Day morning game.
The game began at 11:05 a.m. and ended at about 10 minutes after 2 p.m. A little less than an hour after that, about a mile away, the explosions from Copley Square could be heard by those in and around Fenway — but not in the clubhouses where the teams were getting ready to leave.
The game sent the Red Sox fans home happy — at least for a while.
With the score tied at 2, Napoli drove a line-drive double off the left-field wall that scored Dustin Pedroia from first base.
BLUE JAYS 4, WHITE SOX 3
TORONTO (AP) — Mark Buehrle pitched in and out of trouble into the seventh inning to beat his former team, J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis hit solo homers and the Blue Jays topped the Chicago White Sox.
Buehrle (1-0) went 6 1-3 innings in his first career start against the White Sox, allowing two runs and nine hits. The left-hander walked two and struck out three.
Right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-3) remained winless as the slumping White Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games.
TWINS 8, ANGELS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer had a home run among his four hits and drove in three runs for the Minnesota Twins in an victory over the Angels on a cold, windy night that helped send several fly balls to the deepest parts of Target Field.
Kevin Correia (1-1) earned his first American League win after finishing seven innings for the third time in as many starts with the Twins, getting two double-play grounders to help him limit the Angels to solo home runs by Peter Bourjos and former Twins utility infielder Brendan Harris.
Angels starter Joe Blanton (0-3) was battered again for nine hits, one walk and four runs in 4 2-3 innings. Mauer doubled and scored in the first and led off the fifth inning with a homer to left-center. Trevor Plouffe also went deep off Blanton, and Justin Morneau drove in a run with a double.
ATHLETICS 11, ASTROS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jed Lowrie drove in four runs and Tommy Milone won his third straight start as Oakland beat Houston.
Nate Freiman added a three-run homer and Brandon Moss had three RBIs for the A's. Oakland also benefited from eight walks — four in the first inning by Houston starter Erik Bedard.
Carlos Pena had two hits for the Astros, who have lost three straight following a three-game winning streak.
Milone (3-0) had a season-high six strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings and didn't walk a batter for the eighth time in his career. The left-hander has won five straight decisions dating to last season.
The A's scored six runs on two hits in the first inning to chase Bedard (0-1), sharp in his first two outings this season. He walked Oakland's first three batters and watched his perfect ERA jump to 7.04.