CLEVELAND — Mike Napoli hit a three-run double in Boston’s seven-run second inning and the Red Sox, playing with heavy hearts one day after the deadly bombings back home, beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Boston’s players were already en route to Cleveland when they learned of the explosions near the Boston Marathon’s finish line that killed three and injured more than 170. The Red Sox were hoping to bring some relief to those affected by the tragedy, and they may have while winning their fourth straight.
The series opener was also Indians manager Terry Francona’s first game against the Red Sox, the team he led to two World Series titles during eight seasons in Boston.
Orioles 5, Rays 4
BALTIMORE — Matt Wieters homered, Nate McLouth scored twice, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the struggling Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Tuesday night despite allowing three home runs.
The Orioles let a four-run cushion dwindle to 5-4 in the eighth but held on for their fifth straight home win over the Rays, dating back to last year.
Desmond Jennings homered on the game’s first pitch for Tampa Bay, and Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria connected off Pedro Strop in the eighth. But the Rays could muster only six hits against Jake Arrieta and five relievers.
Last-place Tampa Bay has lost four straight and seven of eight. Although the Rays scored more runs than they totaled in their previous three games, they went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and are 1 for 34 in that situation over their past eight games.
With a 4-9 record, Tampa Bay has matched the worst start in franchise history (2001 and 2005).
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