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.Continued...