O’s best Red Sox as Boston’s sellout streak ends
BOSTON — Most of the seats were empty late on a rainy night when the Boston Red Sox’s home sellout streak of nearly 10 years ended.
Manny Machado ruined it for the fans who remained.
His three-run homer off closer Joel Hanrahan capped a five-run ninth inning and gave the Baltimore Orioles an 8-5 win Wednesday night.
“It was a huge win for us,” Machado said after his first homer of the year. “To come out with the victory is just going to give us the big boost that we needed to get this show rolling.”
The Orioles were headed for their fourth straight loss after consecutive homers by Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave Boston a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Then Hanrahan, who was three-for-three in save opportunities as Boston’s new closer, came on in the ninth.
“I felt fine,” he said. “I got ahead of a couple of guys and I just didn’t put them away.”
Chris Davis started the inning with his fifth homer before Hanrahan, obtained in the offseason from the Pittsburgh Pirates, retired the next two batters. Then he was one strike away from winning, but Ryan Flaherty singled on a 2-2 pitch for his first hit in 18 at-bats this season. He had struck out in his other three at-bats Wednesday.
“You want to get on base and give your team a chance to win,” he said. “You never want to wait until the ninth, but it was good resilience and a good win.”
Nolan Reimold then walked on four pitches and Nate McLouth walked on a borderline pitch with a 3-2 count, loading the bases.
“There was some calmness and professionalism to those at-bats,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
On the first pitch to Machado, Hanrahan fired the ball into the dirt for a wild pitch that scored pinch-runner Alexi Casilla with the tying run. And the next pitch was Hanrahan’s last of the game — Machado’s homer over the Green Monster in left field. Hanrahan left to a round of boos.
“I probably would have given the same reception,” Hanrahan (0-1) said. “They stuck through a rain delay. They stuck it out.”
Darren O’Day (1-0) got the win and Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his third save.
“You’ve got your closer in the game, the ballgame locked up, it’s tough,” catcher Saltalamacchia said. “But I still feel that Joel’s got some of the best stuff I’ve ever caught.”
The sellout streak began on May 15, 2003, lasted 820 games, including the postseason, and was the longest in major pro sports history. It broke the record of 814 set by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers from 1977-95. Boston’s streak of 794 regular-season sellouts also is the longest in major pro sports history. The previous longest regular-season streak in major league baseball history was 455 set by the Cleveland Indians from 1995-2001.
Nava gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead with his third homer in three games, an opposite-field shot over the Green Monster. Saltalamacchia followed with his first homer, a hard shot over the right-field fence.
Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the first with the help of Boston’s first error of the season. McLouth walked before Machado hit a fly ball to right-center. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and right fielder Shane Victorino converged on it. Victorino ducked in front of Ellsbury and the ball fell safely. Victorino was charged with the error during the game, but the error was later given to Ellsbury after manager John Farrell said Ellsbury had called for the ball late.
Machado moved to third on the play and scored on a groundout by Nick Markakis.
The Red Sox tied it in the second on a walk to Nava and an RBI-double by Saltalamacchia. They went ahead 3-1 in the third when Jackie Bradley Jr. led off with a walk, Ellsbury tripled him home and Victorino hit a sacrifice fly.
Another error helped the Orioles tie the game in the fourth. Markakis started the inning with his first homer of the season. Adam Jones then walked, extending his hitting streak to all eight games, and moved up on a wild pitch. Matt Wieters then singled to left and Jones scored when the ball eluded Bradley.
BLUE JAYS 8, TIGERS 6
DETROIT — J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run double in the seventh inning and Toronto rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Detroit.
Detroit led 6-1 in the sixth, but starter Rick Porcello allowed hits to the first three batters. They all eventually scored, and Toronto added four more runs the following inning. Brayan Villarreal (0-1) came on with one on and one out in the seventh and proceeded to walk three straight hitters, forcing in a run. Arendcibia followed with a drive to the gap in left-center off Octavio Dotel.
Aaron Loup (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the Blue Jays. Casey Janssen, the last of five Toronto relievers, pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
RAYS 2, RANGERS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Moore and four Rays relievers combined on a five-hitter and Tampa Bay beat Texas in the coldest day game ever at Rangers Ballpark.
It was only 39 degrees when the game started after a rain delay of 1 hour, 29 minutes. That was 40 degrees colder than Tuesday night.
Evan Longoria had a sacrifice fly for the Rays, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Their other run came on a grounder after Derek Holland (0-1) walked the bases loaded, his only three walks in his eight innings.
Moore (2-0) limited Texas to a single and struck out five in five-plus innings, but walked six.
ROYALS 3, TWINS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wade Davis pitched out of bases loaded jams in the first two innings, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered and Kansas City the Minnesota to sweep the three-game set.
Butler homered in the first, while Francoeur led off the seventh with a home run to extend his hitting streak to seven games. The Royals got another run in the seventh when Alcides Escobar’s single scored Chris Getz. Salvador Perez had three of the nine Kansas City hits.
Davis (1-0) held the Twins to four singles in five scoreless innings, striking out six, walking three and hitting a batter.
Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks (0-1) took the loss.
ATHLETICS 11, ANGELS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brandon Moss tied a career high with five RBIs, including his second homer in two games, and Oakland extended its winning streak to seven games with a victory over Los Angeles.
Moss finished with four hits. His other five-RBI game was on Sept. 29 against Seattle, when he hit a game-ending, three-run homer in the 10th inning to give Oakland a 7-4 victory. It came during a season-ending six-game winning streak that propelled the A’s to their first AL West title since 2006.
Tommy Milone (2-0) threw 106 pitches over five innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and three walks.
Joe Blanton (0-2) was charged with six runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings and did not record a strikeout in his second outing with his new club.
ASTROS 8, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE — Rick Ankiel and Chris Carter each hit a two-run homer to help Houston beat Seattle before the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history.
Carlos Pena had three hits and scored twice for the Astros, who also got two RBIs from J.D. Martinez and a late home run by Marwin Gonzalez. Brad Peacock (1-1) earned first major league win since 2011 with Washington.
After losing 3-0 on Monday, the Astros scored 24 runs on 37 hits in winning the final two games of the series. The announced attendance of 10,493 for the finale was a record low for Safeco Field, which opened 13½ years ago.
Carter, who hit two home runs Tuesday, added three hits in this one. He finished the series 8 for 15 with three homers and five RBIs.
Kelly Shoppach had three hits for the Mariners, including a home run and an RBI double. Franklin Gutierrez also went deep.
Seattle right fielder Michael Saunders sprained his right shoulder crashing into the outfield wall to make a catch in the first inning. The team said he is expected to miss “some time.”
Houston scored three times off Blake Beavan (0-1) in the second, highlighted by Ankiel’s shot to center. Mariners pitchers have allowed 19 home runs, most in the majors.
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