Mariners - 110 002 101 - 6 10 0
Red Sox - 110 002 012 - 7 12 1
Boston came from behind five times to grab the win -- the team's 18th straight one-run victory at home. Great hustle by Kevin Youkilis to beat out an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth (on a 1-2 count) before Mark Loretta's game-winning blast.
Right after he was mobbed at home plate, Loretta was asked by NESN how this ranks in his career highlights: "Probably #1. I've never had a walk off homer at any level." Then: "Most places you have a big crowd for opening day, then it drops off. Not here. It's a playoff atmosphere every day."
Fuckin' A right!
Seems like a long time ago, but Lenny DiNardo also threw a serviceable five innings. Throw in two (almost three!) home runs from David Ortiz, two stinging hits off the left field wall from Manny Ramirez, and three hits from Trot Nixon -- and ignore for now home plate ump Rick Reed's disgraceful excuse for a strike zone -- and everyone's happy.
Major league baseball has done away with a lot of traditions -- holiday doubleheaders and having the first game of the season played in Cincinnati -- but we've still got Patriots Day!