BOSTON (AP) — Clay Buchholz allowed six runs in the third inning as the Baltimore Orioles held on to beat the Red Sox 7-6 Monday in the annual Patriots’ Day morning game at Fenway Park, a year after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Trailing by two runs, Boston loaded the bases in the ninth. Mike Napoli hit an RBI groundout before Tommy Hunter, Baltimore’s fifth reliever, retired Mike Carp on a game-ending grounder for his fifth save.
The game began at 11:09 a.m., about an hour before Meb Keflezighi crossed the marathon finish line just over a mile away as the first American man to win since Greg Meyer in 1983.
Chen Wei-yin (3-1) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. Buchholz (0-2) gave up seven hits in 2 1-3 innings.
INDIANS 4, ROYALS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley hit two-run homers, powering the Indians over the Royals when a fearless squirrel ran around Progressive Field and provided some extra entertainment.
Kipnis connected in the sixth inning off Jeremy Guthrie (2-1), overcoming a 3-2 deficit. Brantley provided Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
Zach McAllister (3-0) gave up six hits and overcame three errors — one on his errant throw.
Alex Gordon and Omar Infante each had two of the Royals’ six hits.
The game was momentarily delayed in the second inning when a squirrel ran onto the field. The pesky intruder hung around for another inning before it was shooed into the Indians’ center-field bullpen.
WHITE SOX 3, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo hit RBI doubles in the seventh inning as the White Sox rallied for a victory over the Tigers.
Chicago scored three runs in the seventh off Anibal Sanchez (0-2) after managing only one hit in the first six innings. John Danks (2-0) allowed six hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings, but the Tigers could score only one run off him.
Ronald Belisario got five outs in relief for the White Sox, and Matt Lindstrom pitched the ninth for his second save.
ASTROS 7, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Dominguez homered and drove in three runs, and Dallas Keuchel struck out a season-high eight as the Astros broke a seven-game skid with a win over the Mariners.
It is the seventh straight loss for Seattle, which is the longest active streak in the majors.
The Astros took advantage of an error by Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager in the sixth inning to score four unearned runs off Felix Hernandez (3-1) and break a 2-all tie.
Hernandez took the major league lead with 43 strikeouts after recording four, but was unable to avoid his first loss of the season after shaky defense put the right-hander in a tough situation in the sixth.
Keuchel (2-1) deftly navigated the Mariners for six innings, allowing six hits and a walk, but just two runs.
RANGERS 4, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Donnie Murphy lined a go-ahead single up the middle with one out in the eighth inning as the Rangers rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Athletics.
Sean Doolittle (0-1) allowed a leadoff double to Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mitch Moreland sacrificed him to third before Murphy’s hit. Murphy and Kouzmanoff are both former A’s players.
Neal Cotts (1-1) pitched one inning for the win, then gave way to Alexi Ogando before Joakim Soria finished for his fourth save.
Brandon Moss homered and Coco Crisp hit a two-run single as the A’s went ahead 3-0 in the second, but they couldn’t hold the lead.
Oakland swept a weekend series against Houston and lost for only the second time in nine games and third time in 14.