While Opening Day at Fenway Park began in memorable fashion, with the Red Sox receiving their 2013 World Series rings, the end was one that the Fenway Faithful would probably rather forget.
Tied 2-2 going into the ninth, a four-run meltdown by Edward Mujica cost the Red Sox the chance to start their home campaign on the right foot, as they fell to the Brewers 6-2.
Mujica came on to pitch the ninth for the Red Sox, and Khris Davis led off with a double for the Brewers. Scooter Bennett laid down a sacrifice bunt that Mujica threw to third, but Davis was called safe. Lyle Overbay then doubled to right to score two runs and Gomez singled to bring in Overbay, and just like that the Red Sox were down 5-2 with no outs in the inning.
Mujica’s night ended after he allowed another run on an Aramis Ramirez single, totaling four runs on four hits and while getting only two outs. Andrew Miller came in to clean up the mess and had his own struggles, but ultimately ended the frame without giving up any more runs.
Jake Peavy started the game for the Red Sox and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Milwaukee countered with Marco Estrada, who went 5.2 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits while surrendering three walks and tallied six strikeouts. Neither starter factored into the decision.
The Brewers struck first in the second inning when Jonathan Lucroy took Peavy deep over the Green Monster for a solo home run. Milwaukee added another in the frame when Chris Gomez singled home Khris Davis to make it 2-0. A.J. Pierzynski averted further damage by throwing out Gomez trying to steal second base to end the inning.
The Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the second, as Grady Sizemore singled to right field with Mike Napoli on first base. Napoli tried to get to third and the throw from right fielder Logan Schafer was offline, allowing Napoli to score and advance Sizemore to second.
Going into the bottom of the third down 2-1, Will Middlebrooks tied the game with his first home run of the season, a blast over the Green Monster.
The game stayed tied through six innings with both teams trading chances, but neither was able to scratch a run across the board. Peavy got out of a two-on, no-out jam in the top of the sixth, inducing two fly outs and a grounder back to the mound to escape the inning unscathed.
Burke Badenhop made his Red Sox debut when he came in for Peavy in the seventh inning and allowed two hits but no runs, and struck out one in two innings of work.
Both teams had runners on base in the seventh and eighth innings, but the game went to the ninth still tied 2-2.
After Milwaukee took the 6-2 lead in the top of ninth, Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning for the Brewers to close out the game and drop the Red Sox 2014 record to 2-2.
The Red Sox and Brewers continue their three-game set Saturday at 7:10 p.m. Clay Buchholz is expected to start for the Sox, while Wily Peralta is scheduled to pitch for the Brewers.