Celebration and Disappointment
By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) _ Lyle Overbay hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the ninth inning off Edward Mujica, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Red Sox 6-2 Friday in Boston’s first game at Fenway Park since winning the World Series last October.
During a nearly hour-long pregame ceremony, Red Sox players received their rings for winning Boston’s third title in 10 years. But then the Brewers ended Boston’s streak of wins in nine straight home openers.
Khris Davis doubled off Mujica (0-1), who made his Boston debut, and took third when Scooter Gennett reached on a sacrifice bunt. Overbay doubled to right for a 4-2 lead, advanced on the throw and scored on Carlos Gomez’s fourth single of the game. Aramis Ramirez added an RBI single.
Ryan Braun was 0 for 5 and was booed each time he came to the plate in his first road game following his 65-game suspension last season. Four days earlier, home fans applauded the 2011 NL MVP loudly during Milwaukee’s season opener.
Boston’s winning streak in home openers was tied with Cincinnati (1983-91) for third-longest in major league history ended behind 11 straight by the New York Yankees (1998-08) and 10 by Pittsburgh (1945-54).
Brandon Kintzler (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth in a none-save situation.
Mujica was the St. Louis Cardinals’ closer for much of last season, then lost that job last September and did not pitch in the World Series. He signed a $9.75 million, two-year deal with Boston.
Each starter allowed two runs, Marco Estrada in 5 2-3 innings for Milwaukee and Jake Peavy in six innings for Boston.
Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the second on Jonathan Lucroy’s first homer of the season and Gomez’s two-out, run-scoring single.
Boston scored in the bottom half with the help of an error by right fielder Logan Schafer, who misplayed Grady Sizemore’s single for an error that scored Mike Napoli. Will Middlebrooks homered in the third.
NOTES: Brewers reliever Will Smith allowed two walks with two wild pitches but no runs or hits in 1 1-3 innings. … New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended the game. … Milwaukee RHP Wily Peralta stumbled and fell as he ran to the third-base line when Brewers players were introduced before the game. … Before the game, there was a moment of silence as a tribute to Lt. Edward J. Walsh and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy. They died last week while battling a fire in a home less than two miles from Fenway Park.
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