The Red Sox opened their Fenway Park schedule in dramatic fashion on Monday with a 3-1 win against the Orioles.
Daniel Nava changed the tone of the game, which had been a pitchers’ duel for six and a half innings, with a three-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the seventh.
Joel Hanrahan allowed a solo home run and a double in the ninth inning, but closed out the victory. Clay Buchholz earned the win after seven sterling innings in which he allowed only three hits.
Follow along to see how the game progressed with live updates from The Boston Globe below.
4:52 p.m.: Joel Hanrahan made it more interesting than he likely wanted to in his Fenway Park debut, but the Red Sox closer sealed the victory. He allowed a wall-ball double to JJ Hardy, which put the tying run at the plate when he induced a popup by Ryan Flaherty to end the game.
4:49 p.m.: Joel Hanrahan retired Ryan Flaherty to finish off the Orioles in a 3-1 win for the Red Sox in the home opener. Final: Red Sox 3, Orioles 1
4:45 p.m. Joel Hanrahan recorded his first two outs of the ninth when Mike Napoli knocked down Chris Davis’ liner down the first base side and then flipped to the pitcher for the putout. The next at-bat, Matt Wieters struck out.
4:44 p.m.: Adam Jones greets Joel Hanrahan with a home run into deep left-center field. Red Sox 3, Orioles 1
4:41 p.m.: The Red Sox went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth against Tommy Hunter. But with the 3-0 lead, the Red Sox called on closer Joel Hanrahan to open the ninth inning.
4:34 p.m.: Andrew Bailey reignited the trend of 1-2-3 innings in the top of the eighth, but this time with a more positive vibe for the Red Sox. He struck out Nate McClouth (looking) and Manny Machado (called checked swing) to open the inning, and then retired Nick Markakis on a liner to center. Neither McClouth nor Machado was happy about being called out. But the Red Sox took a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the eighth.
4:30 p.m.: Daniel Nava, a switch hitter, entered the game historically bad vs. lefthanded pitchers. He was a career .191 hitter with three home runs in 191 plate appearances, via our Chad Finn. Today he’s had two hits, including his three-run home run.
4:28 p.m.: Tommy Hunter struck out David Ross swinging to close the seventh inning. Andrew Bailey came on to pitch for the Red Sox to open the eighth.
4:26 p.m.: Tommy Hunter relieved Wei-Yin Chen and retired pinch hitter Mike Carp (batting for Jonny Gomes) on a groundout to third.
4:23 p.m.: Daniel Nava, starting in place of Jackie Bradley Jr., became the first player on either team to record two hits with his home run. His hit drove Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen from the game and put Clay Buchholz in line for a potential victory.
4:22 p.m.: Daniel Nava opens the scoring with a three-run home run above the left field wall. Red Sox 3, Orioles 0
4:16 p.m.: Mike Napoli delivers the first big hit of the game for the Red Sox. He drilled a double to deep left center, which put Dustin Pedroia (who reached on an infield single) on third. That gave the Red Sox two runners in scoring position with no outs.
4:07 p.m.: Clay Buchholz put himself in a jam (or what counts for a jam in this pitchers’ duel) and then got out of it with a strikeout of Steve Pearce to end the inning. Matt Wieters became just the second runner into scoring position when he advanced to second on Rick Flaherty’s groundout. But he was stranded there. Buchholz hit 113 pitches after finishing the seventh, and his afternoon is most likely over.
4:00 p.m.: After Clay Buchholz issued a leadoff walk to Matt Wieters in the seventh, we saw Koji Uehara up with the first Red Sox bullpen action of the day.
3:58 p.m.: How bad have the Red Sox been against lefthanded pitching? Here’s a good stat from the Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber that illustrates how they’ve struggled. Since Opening Day against CC Sabathia, they have scored one run in 19 2/3 innings against lefthanded starters.
3:56 p.m.: The Red Sox are offering some discounted concessions during the month of April, including $5 beers. But from the looks of this photo from Boston.com’s Steve Silva, the lines for the first day of discounted beer are long.
3:54 p.m.: Once again, the Red Sox went down in 1-2-3 fashion in the bottom of the sixth. They’ve had four baserunners through six innings.
3:47 p.m.: Clay Buchholz froze Chris Davis with a called third strike to close a 1-2-3 sixth inning. He has surrendered just three hits and has not allowed an Orioles runner to reach third. However, he’s had no run support.
3:43 p.m.: Through five innings, the Orioles and Red Sox combined for only five hits.
3:38 p.m.: Daniel Nava managed a single to left field in the fifth inning, but that was the extent of the Red Sox offense. Wei-Yin Chen recorded two strikeouts and a grounded, and the teams closed five innings without any runs. Through five innings, Chen threw 74 pitches.
3:27 p.m.: Clay Buchholz worked through another uneventful inning in the fifth. He issued a two-out walk to Nate McLouth, but then retired Manny Machado on a fly ball to right field to end the inning. Through five innings, Buchholz threw 76 pitches.
3:19 p.m.: Missed opportunities was a theme for the Red Sox in the bottom of the fourth. Dustin Pedroia walked just after Shane Victorino was thrown out attempting to steal second. Then Mike Napoli grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
3:15 p.m.: Even before the next plate appearance can complete, Shane Victorino is thrown out attempting to steal second base. The Orioles have thrown out 5 of 6 would-be base-stealers this season, via Eduardo A. Encina.
3:13 p.m.: Shane Victorino led off the fourth inning with a single to left field to give the Red Sox their first hit of the day.
3:11 p.m.: What’s the Red Sox’ problem with lefthanded pitchers? Their lack of production through three innings mirrors their recent troubles against southpaws. Their only two losses this season were started by Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte and Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ. They managed just one run against them combined, and had just one hit against Happ. Their troubles with Wei-Yin Chen continue that trend.
3:09 p.m.: Dustin Pedroia starts a 4-6-3 double play to end the Orioles’ half of the fourth inning.
3:03 p.m.: On just eight pitches, Wei-Yin Chen retired the Red Sox 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third.
2:57 p.m.: Clay Buchholz worked out of the jam by striking out Adam Jones looking on a hanging curve ball on a 3-2 count. Jones entered the game with a .536 batting average. He also said on Sunday of the Fenway Park fans, “The more people, the more you want to shut them up.”
2:53 p.m.: The Orioles put together their first scoring opportunity in the third inning. Manny Machado and Nick Markakis offered back-to-back two-out singles.
2:48 p.m.: Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is making his debut in Cleveland during the Indians home opener today. The new Indians manager sounds like he still needs to get acclimated to his surroundings. He said today he got lost on the two-block walk from his apartment to the Indians’ ballpark.
2:46 p.m.: Pitching has dominated through the first two innings. No runner reached second base for either team in the first two frames.
2:44 p.m.: After 10-pitch at-bat, Jonny Gomes popped out to second to end the second inning with the game still scoreless.
2:39 p.m.: With two outs in the second inning, Daniel Nava became the first Red Sox baserunner of the day after drawing a walk. He started in place of Jackie Bradley Jr. today.
2:32 p.m.: For the second straight inning, Clay Buchholz allowed a leadoff baserunner and then retired three straight batters. This time, he struck out JJ Hardy and Ryan Flaherty to end the inning.
2:27 p.m.: We’re only six games into the season, but the Orioles entered the game with two players in their lineup (Adam Jones, Chris Davis) who have OBPs above .500. While Jones drove a ball to the warning track in the first inning, Davis drew a walk to open the second. (By the way, the Red Sox also have two players with OBPs at .500 or better—Mike Napoli and Jose Iglesias.)
2:23 p.m.: The Red Sox went 1-2-3 against Wei-Yin Chen in their half of the first inning.
2:17 p.m.: The Blue Jays claimed Mauro Gomez on waivers from the Red Sox. Gomez was dropped from the 40-man roster to make room for Jackie Bradley Jr.
2:14 p.m.: Clay Buchholz worked around his the leadoff single he allowed by getting three straight outs on fly balls. Adam Jones drove a deep fly ball to the warning track in right field, but Shane Victorino caught it to end the inning.
2:09 p.m.: Clay Buchholz drew the start for the Red Sox today. Nate McLouth delivered a ground ball single up the middle to open for the Orioles.
2:00 p.m.: The Red Sox, continuing their months-long distancing of themselves from the 2011-12 teams, played a video montage with the Florence and the Machine song “Shake it out.” Among the lyrics: “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”
1:58 p.m.: Keeping with the Jimmy Fund theme, the Red Sox had representatives from the charity and from the team in each of their six decades of partnership walk onto the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitches.
1:53 p.m.: The Jimmy Fund Chorus just completed the national anthem, helping the Red Sox commemorate the 60th anniversary of their partnership with the charity, which began in 1953 after the Braves—who had been affiliated with the Jimmy Fund—left for Milwaukee.
1:50 p.m.: The introduction of the Red Sox is complete. The loudest applause seemed to be for John Farrell, Jackie Bradley, Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Will Middlebrooks.
1:46 p.m.: One phrase that got a warm response from the Fenway Park crowd was when PA announced Don Orsillo introduced the “all-new coaching staff.”
1:44 p.m.: The introductions of the Orioles were muted. When the Red Sox were introduced, even the clubhouse staff seemed to receive louder responses from the crowd than any of the Baltimore players.
1:40 p.m.: The introductions of the teams for the pregame ceremonies have begun.
1:37 p.m.: Looking for a good sign—beyond the four wins in the first six games—about the Red Sox’ chances this season? Fox Sports analyst Jon Paul Morosi wrote today that he is convinced the Red Sox have enough talent to contend in the AL East. “The cleanup from the Great Collapse of 2011 is complete,” Morosi wrote.
1:34 p.m.: Fans of all ages have turned out at Fenway Park for the home opener festivities. One of the youngest is seen in the photo at right decked out in his Red Sox apparel.
1:33 p.m.: Of the many new players on the Red Sox this season, closer Joel Hanrahan is the only one who has never played a game in Fenway Park. Hanrahan came to the Red Sox via a trade with the Pirates.
1:28 p.m.: This is the first time since 2003 that the Red Sox have hosted the Orioles in the home opener. On April 12, 2003—one day late after the planned home opener, but not the opening ceremonies, was rained out a day before—the Orioles beat the Red Sox 13-6. Pedro Martinez, after allowing 10 runs, took the loss that day.
1:15 p.m.: The Red Sox will have a large pregame ceremony before the 2:05 first pitch. Last year, the festivities were flavored by the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. This year, the Red Sox will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of their affiliation with the Jimmy Fun. They offered this preview photo of the preparations.
12:57 p.m.: Dan Duquette is back at Fenway Park for a home opener, but in a different capacity from his former role running the Red Sox. Duquette, now the baseball operations chief of the Orioles, met with Red Sox legend Dwight Evans on the field prior to the game.
12:55 p.m.: The Red Sox have won eight straight home openers, which is the longest active streak in MLB and a club record. The last time the Red Sox lost a home opener was on April 9, 2004, when the Blue Jays beat them 10-5.
12:52 p.m.: This will be John Farrell’s first game in a Red Sox uniform at Fenway Park since he left his role as pitching coach after the 2010 season. Farrell said that for all of the players who joined the Red Sox over the winter, and for him, today has been a day they circled on their calendars since they gathered for spring training in February. “This is a great day,” he said.
12:47 p.m.: John Lackey, who exited Saturday’s game with a bicep injury, is unlikely to make his next start on Friday, John Farrell said today. But the Red Sox aren’t ready to say yet how long Lackey will be out. They are awaiting more test results.
11:33 a.m.: The Red Sox were on the field early this morning taking batting and fielding practice. The Globe’s Ed Medina caught some of the action in this panoramic photo of Fenway Park from the right field corner.
11:30 a.m.: Jackie Bradley will not be in the lineup for the first time this season. With the Red Sox facing a lefthanded starter in Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen, the lefthanded hitting Bradley gets a breather. But it’s also notable that Bradley is in a bit of a mini-slump. He’s had just three hits this season, and was 0-for-7 with one walk in the last two games, when he struck out a combined four times.